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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-12-09
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 9 December 1999
Respecting the news blackout President Clerides made no statements after the meeting, which lasted one and a half hours.
Yesterdays round talks on Cyprus ended with a meeting between Mr de Soto and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr.Rauf Denktash.
On the sidelines of the talks, contacts between the envoys of various countries continue to take place in New York, among themselves, with the UN and the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides
In his statement Mr Papapetrou stressed that the UN believe that the slight injury sustained by a Turkish Cypriot and the presence of two Greek Cypriots in the buffer zone are two unrelated incidents.
"What I can say is that UNFICYP does not link the two events, namely the presence of two Greek Cypriots in the buffer zone and the slight injury of a Turkish Cypriot 240 meters away."
The Government Spokesman said "the incident does not lend itself to political exploitation as the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Denktash, is attempting to do."
Mr Annan said that there would be a statement at the appropriate time when the talks have been completed and a press briefing as to what has been achieved.
"I would appeal to all the parties once again to respect this understanding and this agreement. I don't want to get to finger pointing here, all I want to do is to repeat my appeal. I think it is crucial for all of us to respect the rules of the game and generally I think it has been done and I would urge them to continue to do so", he concluded.
There can be no veto to Cyprus' EU accession if Cyprus respects the rules, he said adding that the only condition for its accession is in reality the respect of the rules.
The early day motion, which will be tabled today, underlines that the House looks forward "to a positive outcome to the current round of negotiations which will enable all the citizens of Cyprus whatever their ethnic origins to live together again peacefully in a free, united Cyprus."
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/