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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-23

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

  • [01]Monday, 23 June 2003 President Papadopoulos returns from Thessaloniki European Council
  • [02] EU leaders call on Turkish side to contribute to resumption of UN talks
  • [03] US remains committed to finding Cyprus settlement, says Bush

    [01] President Papadopoulos returns from Thessaloniki European Council

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, said that he was returning from Thessaloniki "absolutely satisfied" with the outcome of the European Council, in which Cyprus participated for the first time as an equal EU member state. Speaking yesterday at Larnaca airport, President Papadopoulos expressed the view that the paragraph on Cyprus, included in the Presidency Conclusions of the EU Summit, was "very positive and powerful". He pointed out that on the sidelines of the Summit he had held talks with the leaders of EU member states and Balkan countries on the Cyprus problem as well as other issues of mutual concern. He further said that the Summit was of historic significance as it had dealt with the text of the Draft Constitutional Treaty, prepared by the Convention on the Future of Europe under the chairmanship of Mr Valerie Giscard d'Estaing. Mr Papadopoulos also congratulated the European Council President and Greek Premier Mr Costas Simitis and the Greek Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou on the excellent and efficient preparation of the Summit and Greece's successful term holding the six-monthly EU Presidency.

    [02] EU leaders call on Turkish side to contribute to resumption of UN talks

    The 25 leaders of the EU member states and acceding countries, in the Presidency Conclusions of the Thessaloniki Summit, have called on the Turkish side to support the UN Secretary-General's efforts for a comprehensive Cyprus settlement on the basis of the Annan plan and stressed the need for an early resumption of the peace talks. They further welcomed the recent easing of restrictions on free movement across the ceasefire line but emphasised, however, that they did not consider it a substitute for a comprehensive settlement. The paragraph of the Thessaloniki European Council Presidency Conclusions on Cyprus is the following: "Cyprus' accession to our Union is already creating favourable conditions for the two communities to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. To this end, our Union strongly supports the continuation of the UN Secretary General's mission of good offices in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions including 1475/2003. The recent easing of restrictions in the contacts and communication between Greek and Turkish Cypriots has been positive and has demonstrated that the two communities can live together in a reunited island within the Union. At the same time, however, our Union does not consider this as a substitute for a comprehensive settlement. The European Council, therefore, urges all parties concerned, and in particular Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, to strongly support the UN Secretary General's efforts, and, in this context, calls for an early resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals. To this end, the European Union is to further contribute towards a just, viable and functional settlement of the Cyprus problem consistent with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Our Union recalls its willingness to accommodate the terms of a settlement in line with the principles on which the EU is founded. In this context, the European Council welcomes the Commission's willingness to offer assistance for a speedy solution within the framework of the acquis. It also welcomes the Commission's Communication on promoting economic development in the northern part of Cyprus and looks forward to the implementation of these measures in accordance with the Copenhagen European Council Conclusions and in consultation with the Government of Cyprus."

    [03] US remains committed to finding Cyprus settlement, says Bush

    "The United States remains committed to finding a just and lasting settlement for Cyprus. Serious efforts continued during this reporting period to persuade the two sides on Cyprus to resume negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Good Offices Mission for Cyprus, on the basis of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's proposed settlement plan", the US President, Mr George W. Bush, has stated in a letter accompanying his bimonthly report to Congress on the situation in Cyprus. The US President also noted that "as in the past, US officials, including Secretary of State Powell, Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman, Special Cyprus Coordinator Thomas G. Weston, Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson, Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson, and Ambassador to Greece Thomas Miller provided intensive diplomatic support to this process". President Bush's periodic progress report to Congress on efforts towards a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question covered the period of 1 April through 31 May 2003.

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


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