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Cox says Cyprus to sign Accession Treaty without problems
2003-03-22 11:15:10

by Gregoris Savva -- Brussels, Mar 21 (CNA) - The Republic of Cyprus will join the EU and sign the Accession Treaty on April 16th, European Parliament President Pat Cox reassured House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias during a meeting they had today in Brussels.

At the meeting, Christofias expressed Cyprus' readiness to continue the negotiations for a settlement of the Cyprus problem after the Accession Treaty has been signed.

The House President also expressed satisfaction for the fact that Cox blamed Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and the Turkish establishment for the collapse of the negotiations on Cyprus in The Hague.

''Cox said that Denktash bears the responsibility for the collapse of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's initiative and what we call the 'deep state' of Turkey'', Christofias said, adding that the European Parliament President reassured ''Cyprus' European course will face no problems''.|

He told reporters in Brussels that ''Cox also expressed his interest on the future of the island as well as on whether both sides are ready to continue negotiations having in mind the Annan peace plan''.

Christofias also said that he reassured Cox that the government ''will make every effort, through measures the government is examining, so that the Turkish Cypriots can take advantage of EU accession, taking into account that the state should not be undermined''.

Referring to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs that ''almost unanimously voted for Cyprus' accession to the EU'', the House President said ''it seems that there is no obstacle for signing the Accession Treaty''.

''Usually, when the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs takes a certain decision on one issue, it does not change it. We consider the Committee's decision very positive'', he concluded.

Also present at the meeting were Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Iacovou and Cyprus' Permanent Representative in Brussels Theofilos Theofilou.

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