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Cyprus solution must be pursued on the basis of Annan plan
2003-05-23 13:40:59

Nicosia, May 22 (CNA) -- Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos said here today the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the reunification of the island must be addressed on the basis of the Annan plan, taking into consideration what new has come up in the meantime.

Addressing the opening of the 28th Cyprus International Fair, representing Greece and the Greek EU presidency, Loverdos underlined that ''Cyprus' accession to the EU marks a new historic era for the Republic of Cyprus because it projects and includes new strategic dimensions and it will bring about adjustments in its goals and orientations.''|

Loverdos noted that with Cyprus' accession Cyprus and Greece become key players in shaping Euro Mediterranean policy and indispensable associates in building political dialogue with the countries of the Middle East.

Greece acts as Cyprus' route to the EU and the countries of southeastern Europe while Cyprus acts as a common channel with Greece towards the Middle East and beyond that, to markets of the Arabic world, Loverdos said.

He noted that the stable cooperation of grecocypriot enterprises, structural reforms, market liberalization and the auspicious economic environment will strengthen bilateral economic relations.

CAN/MK/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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