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EU Commission announces preparatory Donors Conference
2003-03-05 16:43:16

By Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Mar 5 (CNA) -- The European Commission intends to invite potential donors of financial support for Cyprus, once a political settlement is found, to a preparatory meeting on March 21, a Commission statement said here today.

The Commission urged the leaders of the two communities on the island to seize the unique opportunity and to sign on 10 March a commitment to submit a peace plan by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for approval at separate simultaneous referenda on 30 March.|

The Commission had announced its willingness to organize an International Donors Conference to provide financial support in the context of a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, immediately after the new state of affairs comes into being.

EU enlargement Commissioner has decided to call the preparatory meeting on 21 March with the participation of potential donors so that a Donors Conference is called immediately after a comprehensive settlement is reached.

The Commission reiterated its strong support for the UN-led efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement.

CNA/NB/MAN/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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