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New Ambassador of Colombia presents credentials
2006-06-07 15:22:08

Nicosia, Jun 7 (CNA) ? New Ambassador of Colombia Dr. Luis Camilo Osorio has expressed the sincere wish of the people and the government of his country for a quick Cyprus settlement, to the benefit of all the citizens of the island.

Presenting his credentials to President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, he also expressed the will of the government of Colombia to upgrade bilateral and multilateral relations, through initiatives for high importance cooperation in the fields of economy, justice, culture and education, to the benefit of the two countries as well as the international community.

Replying, President Papadopoulos referred to the Cyprus issue, noting that Greek Cypriot side expects the Turkish side to respond positively to the procedure agreed in Paris with the UN Secretary-General in February, in order - as the Paris Communique notes ? to ?improve the atmosphere for further talks, if progress could be achieved on further disengagement of forces and demilitarization on the Island, on the complete de-mining of Cyprus, and on the issue of Famagusta.?

As regards Turkey's beginning of accession negotiations with the European Union last October, he noted that Cyprus ?has demonstrated a constructive approach in this respect. We expect Turkey to respond to the goodwill we have exhibited and meet all its political and legal obligations vis-a-vis the European Union and its member states, including the unconditional ratification of the Protocol extending its customs union to the ten new member states. It is unacceptable that Turkey demands trade-offs in order to perform its own obligations towards the European Union?.

Concluding, the President conveyed to President Alvaro Uribe Velez and to the government and the people of Colombia his ?warmest greetings and a message of friendship and solidarity?.

Present at the ceremony were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Iacovou, the Deputy Minister to the President, Christodoulos Pashiardis, and the Chief of Protocol Athina Mavronicola.

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