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Iacovou says UN resolution adopts Greek Cypriot positions
2003-04-15 18:14:26

Nicosia, Apr 15 (CNA) Cyprus Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou said that the resolution on Cyprus passed unanimously yesterday by the UN Security Council adopts the positions of the Greek Cypriot side and deplores the Turkish side for its intransigence in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

Iacovou said ''the resolution adopts our position that the Annan plan is the basis for negotiations, that the UN chief offers his good offices, and deplores the Turkish Cypriot and Turkish intransigence''.|

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Iacovou said ''we managed to tackle the challenge and have a satisfactory resolution, which was brought about after many efforts, since the draft contained many unacceptable elements''.

The Minister said that during yesterday's meeting of the EU General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg there was no mention of Cyprus, noting that this was a good development because ''it proves that everyone has accepted that Cyprus' accession to the European Union remains unhindered''.

Iacovou also referred to a meeting yesterday in Nicosia with visiting US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, saying he told the US envoy that the Turkish Cypriot leader should be persuaded to enter timely negotiations and avoid the repetition of the scenario at The Hague.

The Cypriot Minister noted that the Turkish side was solely to blame for the non-resumption of talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

Commenting on a statement by Weston that Cyprus' accession to the EU creates a new situation, Iacovou said ''it is enough for us that the US administration recognises the facts, the new realities, that is that Cyprus will become a member of the EU''.

He added that there are indications that the EU will now show an enhanced interest in the Cyprus problem.

Iacovou said Weston described May 1, 2004, as a ''good date'' and expressed certainty that a process should start in order to solve the Cyprus problem before that date, when the island would become a full member of the EU.


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