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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-07-14

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

News Update

Tuesday, 14/07/98


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Clerides meets Russian President
  • [02] Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus denounced
  • [03] EU candidate countries to step up harmonisation process


[01] President Clerides meets Russian President

President Clerides, who is on a four day visit to Moscow, met yesterday with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin. During the meeting they discussed subjects of common interest as well as the Cyprus problem.

Later in the day the Cypriot President attended a lunch given by Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov and in the afternoon he attended the opening of the World Youth Games, as a guest of honour of the mayor of Moscow.

[02] Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus denounced

In a recent letter to UN Secretary General Koffi Annan, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Mr. Sotos Zackheos protested strongly against the continuing violation of the religious and cultural identity of the occupied part of Cyprus.

Mr Zackheos makes reference to the most recent documented violations, namely the desecration and partial destruction of the Church of the Holy Virgin, which is being used as a potato warehouse, in the village of Makrasyka, and the vandalism of the adjoining cemetery.

Noting that more than 500 churches in occupied Cyprus have been destroyed or looted, an act that is in complete contravention of the 1954 "Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict" and the UNESCO "Declaration of the Principles of International Cultural Cooperation", the Cypriot Ambassador concluded that it is high time the international community ceases to remain indifferent towards the aforementioned Turkish actions.

[03] EU candidate countries to step up harmonisation process

Cyprus and the five Central and Eastern European countries that started accession negotiations with the EU last March, met yesterday for the third time in Ljubliana (Slovenia) for an exchange of views on their countries' accession course.

After the meeting the Slovenian Minister without portfolio for European Affairs , Mr. Bavcar stated that the candidate countries' chief negotiators have favoured the immediate commencement of accession talks by this autumn, during the Austrian Presidency. They have therefore agreed to step up preparatory work in seven fields and to submit their negotiating positions to the Commission by mid-September.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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