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STATEMENT OF FOREIGN MINISTER KASOULIDES ON CYPRUS' ACCESSION TO THE EU
2002-01-09 06:19:04

The Foreign Minister Mr Ioannis Kasoulides made a statement yesterday on Cyprus' EU accession course.

"The position of the Cyprus Government as it has been laid out and remains unchanged is as follows:

The Cyprus government is negotiating the accession of the whole of Cyprus in the name of the whole of Cyprus.

We would prefer it if a solution of the Cyprus problem preceded our EU accession but if this is not possible, then we will proceed with accession without a solution, requesting a suspension of the implementation of the European acquis on areas, which are not - due to occupation - under the control of the legal Government.

The Turkish threats, whatever these are, must not bend our resoluteness to proceed to accession with or without a solution of the Cyprus problem."

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