Cyprus Pledges to Back Genocide Resolution

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister Joannis Kasulides told a press conference Friday that his country would support–to the best of its abilities–a genocide resolution Armenia was planning to submit to the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Kasulides also discussed a proposed summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–scheduled to take place in Istanbul.

If a consensus is reached on the issue of holding an OSCE Summit in Istanbul this year–Cyprus will not contravene it. This statement was made by Cypriot Foreign Minister Joannis Kasulides last Friday at a joint press conference with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian. Showing understanding in connection with Armenia’s position in this issue–the minister said that "it would be more correct to call this Charter "the Istanbul Charter."

At the same time–he stressed that if a Cypriot delegation arrives in Istanbul–the Turkish government will have to greet the Cypriot flag on its soil.

Oskanian and Kasulides had also signed four agreemen’s of cooperation–in Yerevan–late last week. The agreemen’s provide for cooperation in the spheres of aerial communication–agriculture–economy (including technology)–science and culture. The agreemen’s will provide political and economic cooperation with legal grounds.

In a joint press conference with Kasulides Oskanian accused Turkey of applying double standards when it comes to Nagorno Karabakh and Cyprus. According to Oskanian–Armenia and Cyprus have similar problems on the international level. The Armenian foreign minister said that several joint discussions have been held and a mutual policy in relation to these problems has been reached.

Oskanian described the relationship between the two countries as fraternal. He expressed satisfaction with the negotiations with his Cypriot colleague regarding bilateral relations–cooperation between the two countries at regional and international levels as well as the problems of Nagorno Karabakh and Cyprus. "We will try to take practical steps both in the economic and political spheres," said Oskanian.

Kasulides also expressed satisfaction with the results of his visit. According to him–his meetings with Armenia’s president and prime minister were very effective.

Kasulides reported that during his meeting with Armenia’s prime minister he offered cooperation on behalf of the Cypriot Bank for Development that will include assistance in the spheres of information–technologies–computerization as well as cooperation in the sphere of energy and education.

The foreign minister of Greece–who visited the Memorial to the Genocide Victims in Yerevan–voiced concern over the fact that double standards are being applied in the issue of genocide recognition. "We were witnesses to how double standards were also being applied in Bosnia and Rwanda," he stated.

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