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New Zealand says Cyprus settlement up to involved parties
2005-02-10 10:00:19

Nicosia, Feb 10 (CNA) -- Governor General of New Zealand Dame Silvia Cartwright has expressed the wish that efforts to solve the Cyprus problem would be fruitful, noting that the international community is called upon to play a role in this process and that a viable, permanent and peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem was up to the directly involved parties.

Dame Silvia was speaking on Tuesday at a special ceremony in Wellington, during which Cyprus' High Commissioner to Australia, Achilleas Antoniades, presented his credentials as the new High Commissioner to New Zealand, based in Canberra.

According to an official press release, Antoniades referred to the excellent relations between the two countries and noted the strong ties of friendship between Cyprus and New Zealand and their participation in the Commonwealth.

He also conveyed the feelings of gratitude both of the government and people of Cyprus for New Zealand's assistance in the Cyprus problem.

Dame Silvia pointed out the common features of the two countries, which are island states, bound to the principles of democracy, virtuous administration and fundamental human rights.

She also expressed her country's congratulations for Cyprus' accession to the EU and noted New Zealand's expectation to enhance her relations with Cyprus, especially now that the Republic is a full EU member.

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