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Foreign Minister welcomes Grossman's statements on Cyprus
2003-02-05 15:21:36

The Foreign Minister, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, has welcomed recent statements made by the US Under-Secretary of State, Mr. Marc Grossman, that Cyprus was the "doorstep" for Turkey's accession to the European Union.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mr. Kasoulides said, "We must welcome the statement made by the American Under-Secretary. Turkey must realise that it is inconceivable to enter into accession negotiations with the European Union and not recognise an EU member state, the Republic of Cyprus."

"I think we all realise that the Cyprus problem must be resolved before the beginning of the accession negotiations between Turkey and the EU", he added.

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