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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-11-18

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

Thursday, 18 November 1999

  • [01] President Clerides: Proximity talks will focus on the substance of the Cyprus problem
  • [02] President Clerides holds talks with German Chancellor
  • [03] Cyprus participates in the 21st IMO Assembly
  • [04] Russia hopes proximity talks will open the way for a Cyprus settlement


    Cyprus President Mr Glafcos Clerides arrived last night in Constantinople to attend the summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that will be held between 18-20 of November.

    Speaking to the press upon his arrival, President Clerides said that he received assurances from the US authorities that proximity talks will focus on the substance of the Cyprus problem and will cover its key aspects.

    President Clerides also said that before accepting Secretary General Annan`s invitation for talks he had read President Clinton`s statement welcoming the negotiations.


    The President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides had today a separate meeting with German Chancellor Mr Gerhard Schroeder, with whom he discussed Cyprus EU accession course, the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, and the forthcoming EU Summit in Helsinki.

    Foreign Minister Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides and Government Spokesman Mr. Michalis Papapetrou also attended the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit.

    Speaking to the press, Mr. Kasoulides described the meeting as "very satisfactory" and added that "a mutual understanding" prevailed with regard to the two parties/ positions on the matters that have been discussed.


    The Minister of Communications and Works Mr. Averof Neofytou addressed last Tuesday the 21st Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

    In his speech Mr Neophytou stressed the role of the Organisation in promoting the interests of all its members and pointed to the need for the Organisation to re-examine the methods of co-operation with other international organisations dealing with maritime matters.

    He added that Cyprus has placed before the Assembly its candidacy for re- election as a member of the Council in order "to continue serving the Organisation with the some commitment and zeal that we have done so far".


    Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mr. Vladimir Rakhmanin stated yesterday during his daily briefing that his country hopes that UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus due to start on December 3 will be the starting point of a sustained and efficient negotiating process conducive to the resolution of this long-standing problem.

    Mr. Rakhmanin also said that Russia has always supported a just and permanent solution to the Cyprus problem that will safeguard the interests of all Cypriots as well as the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Republic. Those parameters have already been set in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, he added.

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

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