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Christofias says EU accession should help Cyprus settlement
2003-04-17 14:33:57

Larnaca, Apr 17 (CNA) - Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias expressed the conviction that the strategic aim of Cyprus' accession to the European Union will help efforts to secure the main, strategic aim, which is the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Speaking at Larnaca Airport on his return from Athens, where he attended the signing of the Accession Treaty yesterday, Christofias congratulated the people of Cyprus, noting that ''this is a very special and historic moment because Cyprus is entering the great family of states, the EU''.

He said achieving this strategic aim will help to secure the main strategic aim, which is the solution of the Cyprus problem, ''based on UN resolutions, high level agreements, always taking into consideration the acquis communautaire''.|

The House President praised the President of the Republic's decision to invite all those who had contributed in the accession, to the signing ceremony.

Christofias expressed the view that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will not undertake in the near future an initiative on Cyprus, adding that ''what we expect from the Secretary General is to make use of the last Security Council resolution and the renewal of his mandate, so that he can undertake an initiative which will be based on UN resolutions, high level agreements, taking into account the acquis communautaire''.

''This is the direction towards which we will work, considering Kofi Annan's plan as a basis for further negotiation in order to reach a functional, viable and just solution to the Cyprus problem'', he added.

Christofias reiterated the government's regret over the failure of a reunited Cyprus entering the European Union because of the intransigent stance of Ankara and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash during talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

''What we want to tell the Turkish Cypriots is that the government of the Republic of Cyprus and all political parties consider them equal to Greek Cypriots'', he said.

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

CNA/ES/FZ/EC/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
17/04/2003

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