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Commission asks Turkey to support Cyprus peace efforts
2003-03-24 15:02:04

By Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Mar 24 (CNA) ? The European Commission is asking Turkey to soundly support efforts for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem, based on the UN framework.

The Commission position is expressed in a new proposal on the EU-Turkey relations to be adopted on Wednesday in Brussels as part of the order it received from the Copenhagen European Council.|

It is being accompanied by a recommendation by Enlargement Commissioner, Gunter Verheugen to grant Turkey 1.05 bil. Euro in financial assistance for the period 2004-2006.

The General Affairs Council will examine the proposal on 14 April in Luxembourg where a decision is expected to be taken, unless Turkey invades northern Iraq putting the European Union in a difficult spot since it is contrary to such action.

CNA/NB/EC/ΚΝ/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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