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European Council adopts conclusions on Cyprus
2003-03-22 11:17:06

by Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Mar 21 (CNA) -- The European Council appeals to the Turkish Cypriot leadership to reconsider its stance towards the UN-led peace effort and to work for a viable political settlement.

The final conclusions of the EU summit adopted earlier today also say that Brussels strongly supports the continuation of negotiations between the two communities in Cyprus on the basis of a UN proposal for a comprehensive settlement.|

The EU position was expressed ten days after the collapse of the latest UN- led effort to reach a negotiated settlement, which ended in The Hague after Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash refused to put to a referendum the UN proposal.

''The European Council regrets that the efforts of the UN Secretary General to find a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem have failed,'' EU heads of state say.

The EU ''strongly supports the continuation of the Secretary General's mission of good offices and of negotiations on the basis of his proposals.''

''It urges all parties concerned to spare no effort towards a just, viable and functional settlement, and in particular the Turkish Cypriot leadership to reconsider its position,'' the conclusions add.

Furthermore it reaffirms its decisions taken at Copenhagen with regard to Cyprus' accession to the EU.

CNA/NB/AAR/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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