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Papadopoulos: EU to play a more active role in Cyprus efforts
2003-04-14 07:20:12

Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos wants the EU to play a more active role in the Cyprus problem emphasizing adding that the government will not abandon its efforts for a just solution after the signing of the Accession Treaty.

In an article in the Greek weekly magazine ''Financial Courier'', Papadopoulos also notes that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's plan to reunify Cyprus with the right clarifications and alterations which could ensure it is functional and complies with the Acquis communautaire, could constitute the basis for further negotiations on the Cyprus question.

''We will continue to encourage in a positive and creative way the assumption of a new initiative by the UN under one form or the other'' Papadopoulos notes, pointing out that this initiative ''should have a new short timeframe so a reunited Cyprus within the EU framework, could offer all the advantages to all Cypriot citizens,'' Papadopoulos writes in his article.|

''Cypriot people's first strategic target was and remains the finding of an functional and viable solution to the Cyprus question'', Papadopoulos underlines.

Papadopoulos describes the signing of Accession Treaty in Athens next Wednesday, as a historic event and great success, adding however that there is no case ''to turn our back to the possibility of a quick and viable solution due to Cyprus' accession in the EU''.

Referring to Turkey's European aspirations, Papadopoulos points out that ''in order to secure its EU accession, Turkey should contribute actively to the solution of the Cyprus question''.

At the same time, Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, also in an article in the same magazine notes that European enlargement brings down all the walls of the past, but the Turkish Cypriot intransigence supported by Turkey, continues to feed a historical anachronism in Cyprus.

However, Papandreou points out that this anachronism would not be able to resist in the catalytic consequences of Cyprus' EU accession for a long time.

''Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots envisage a united and democratic Cyprus in the EU, which would guarantee their rights'', Papandreou notes, adding ''we shall continue efforts so the this dream would soon come true''.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/NM/GS/KN/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
13/04/2003

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