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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 02-08-05
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Monday, 5 August 2002
 Cyprus direct talks adjournCyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash wrapped up, on Friday 2 August, their fifth round of UN-led direct talks on the Cyprus problem.
In his statement, at the close of the Friday meeting, the UN Secretary- General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto said that "it was agreed to begin a pause in the talks for evaluation, reflection and rest."
The talks will resume on 27 August.
 US Senate Committee supports Cyprus' EU accessionThe US Senate External Relations Committee has adopted a resolution that supports Cyprus' accession to the European Union.
The resolution, introduced by Senator Olympia Snowe and co-sponsored by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, recognises that "security, reconciliation and prosperity for all Cypriots can be best achieved within the context of membership of the European Union…" It adds that "the accession of Cyprus to the European Union could act as a further catalyst for the solution of the Cyprus problem without the latter being a pre-condition for accession" and recommends that "membership of the Republic of Cyprus in the European Union should be strongly supported."
It also expresses strong support for the reunification of Cyprus, stating that "the current status quo on Cyprus must be ended and that island and its people be reunited, in a bizonal, bicommunal federal Cyprus, with full consideration of United Nations Security Council resolutions and international treaties." Furthermore, it recognises that "resolution of the Cyprus problem is also consistent with American values" and that "reunification of Cyprus remains a desirable (US) foreign policy objective."
The resolution, which is similar to the one adopted recently by the Subcommittee for Europe of the US House of Representatives, will now be considered by the Full Senate.
 France unequivocally supports Cyprus talksThe Deputy Spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking in an online press conference, said that the French government was aware of the UN Secretary-General's invitation to Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for a meeting in Paris on 6 September.
The French official referred journalists to the UN Secretary-General for further details and added that "regarding the substance of the matter, I remind that we unequivocally support the process, which is underway under the UN auspices, to rapidly reach a political, comprehensive, just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem."
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/