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Cyprus very satisfied with CHOGM 2005 draft communique
2005-11-28 15:02:47

by Maria Koniotou

Valetta, Nov 25 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou has said the text on Cyprus included in the draft communique tabled before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held here November 25-27, for adoption is very much satisfying.

Asked by reporters in Malta whether he is satisfied by the reference on Cyprus in the draft communique, Iacovou said ''it is greatly satisfying'' and expressed the belief that the paragraphs on Cyprus will not change when the communique is adopted.

''This is the first time for many years that it has such contents. It reaffirms Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 541 and 550, it reaffirms the need to safeguard the human rights of Cypriots, including that of property and all good characteristics as to what the solution has to entail, the resolutions, the UN Charter principles and the principles of the Commonwealth itself,'' he added.

Consequently, he noted, we are very satisfied, adding that it was ascertained during the contacts the Cypriot side had, that no country would raise any objections and so there was no discussion on this part of the communique.

He expressed certainty that the same thing will happen during the Heads of Government Meeting.

The Cypriot FM said that he had private meetings ''with countries we considered to be in doubt as regards their support and it came up that they had no intention to doubt the text proposed.''

Iacovou noted that ''we are always alert'' despite the fact that things went smoothly.

The minister represented Cyprus this morning at the CHOGM 2005 Opening Ceremony and during the Executive Session. Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos arrived in Malta today to attend the Meeting.

Iacovou also attended the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting which wrapped up Thursday.

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