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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-12

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

  • [01]Monday, 12 January 2004 President Papadopoulos to visit Athens on 18-19 January
  • [02] Foreign Minister disappointed with Ankara summit statement on Cyprus

    [01] President Papadopoulos to visit Athens on 18-19 January

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, will be in Athens on 18 - 19 January for a working visit. President Papadopoulos will have meetings with Greek Prime Minister Mr Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou to examine the current phase of the Cyprus problem and to review and discuss prospects for promoting a settlement in view of the latest developments.

    [02] Foreign Minister disappointed with Ankara summit statement on Cyprus

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, has expressed his disappointment with the statement issued by the Turkish government after the Cankaya Mansion summit on the Cyprus problem last Thursday. The statement, which Mr Iacovou described as "poor", refers to a Cyprus settlement through negotiations on the basis of the "realities" of the island and makes no mention to the Annan plan. Speaking on Saturday at Larnaca Airport following the Estonian President's departure from the island, Foreign Minister Iacovou expressed the position that the Turkish side would not clearly specify its policy on Cyprus any time soon. Noting that the issue would now be discussed at the Turkish National Security Council meeting on 23 January, Mr Iacovou said time for negotiations had been substantially reduced and it would therefore be difficult to hold serious talks on the Annan plan and reach a solution by 1 May 2004. In addition, the Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, said the statement issued after the Ankara summit did not contain anything concrete regarding the Turkish government's stance on Cyprus. The reference to the "realities" on the island, Mr Chrysostomides noted during the regular press briefing on Friday, mirrored the views of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and his demand for accepting the fait accompli of the Turkish invasion and occupation. He further pointed out that the statement did not make any reference to the Annan plan or to the name of the UN Secretary- General. The Government Spokesman stressed that the key issue was not whether the Turkish side would decide to return to the negotiating table or not but what its stance would be once the talks resumed. "What is expected is a change of stance, a change of positions and diversion from the traditional positions on two states, two sovereignties, continuous presence of Turkish occupation troops, etc. What is needed, therefore, is a change of positions by the Turkish side", Mr Chrysostomides added.

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


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