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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-11-03

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <>

Wednesday, 3 November 1999

  • [01] Missing person identified
  • [02] UN Secretary-General appoints Alvaro de Soto as Special Advisor on Cyprus
  • [03] Greek and German Foreign Ministers agree on common approach
  • [04] New Maltese High Commissioner presents his credentials

    [01] P>

    Foreign and local experts have identified the remains of one person listed as missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    The remains of the missing 16 year-old are among those of eight persons exhumed this summer from unmarked graves at two Nicosia cemeteries, as part of the effort to discover if any of the missing were buried there.

    The seven others identified were originally buried as named persons, four of them being National Guardsmen who died of wounds they had sustained during the fighting and the rest having died of natural causes. The families concerned have already been officially notified.

    [02] P>

    The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named Alvaro de Soto as his Special Adviser on Cyprus.

    His Spokesman Fred Eckhard announced in New York that Annan has informed the Security Council of his intention to designate de Soto, who is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

    [03] P>

    German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has said that the Cyprus problem must not remain a point of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean.

    "Cyprus' desire to become a member of the European Union is legal and legitimate. We would wish that a solution could be found for the whole of Cyprus, on the basis of consensus of the two sides and of the neighbouring countries (Greece and Turkey)", he said on Saturday after two days of talks in Berlin with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou.

    Mr Fischer said that "If it does not prove possible to reach a solution in the short term, we will need to reconsider what has to be done", adding that a solution to the Cyprus problem is in the interest of the international community.

    Greece's Foreign Minister Mr Papandreou on his part said that both on the issue of EU enlargement and the Cyprus problem Greece and Germany had agreed to work closely together for a joint approach that would facilitate a mutually acceptable outcome at the Helsinki summit.

    He said that on Turkey, a proposal would be drawn up containing assurances over Cyprus' course towards Europe as well as the principles and control mechanisms for progress that Ankara has to make.

    [04] P>

    The new High Commissioner of Malta to Cyprus, Evarist Saliba, yesterday presented his credentials today to President Glafcos Clerides.

    Mr Saliba reassured that his country will continue to give its "consistent and full-hearted support for the unification of Cyprus".

    He added that Cyprus and Malta are "both pursuing a common aim which should prove of mutual support in seeking membership of the European Union".

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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