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Cyprus President signs Ratification Instrument of EU Accession Treaty
2003-07-29 10:44:03

Nicosia, Jul 28 (CNA) –Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos signed here today the Ratification Instrument of the Accession Treaty of the Cyprus Republic to the European Union, stressing his firm commitment to continue efforts along with UN Secretary General for a political settlement.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in the presence of French Minister Delegate for European Affairs Noelle Lenoir, the Council of Ministers, the House President, political leaders and the ambassadors of the EU member states, the President noted that this ''highest political deed’’ takes Cyprus to the last phase of EU accession which will be completed next May. |

Referring to the island's political problem he reiterated the G/C side's commitment to continue working along with the UN Secretary General, on the basis of his plan to achieve a lasting and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

''A solution that will ensure the rights of our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and allow them enjoy the advantages deriving from EU accession, within the framework of a reunited Cyprus'', the President said.

Noting that “small Cyprus will make its own contribution”, he reaffirmed the Republic's commitment to undertake and fulfill all the obligations that its accession to the European Union entails, adding that Cyprus is aware of the benefits of the enlargement and considers all the problems and uncertainties as a challenge.

During his speech the President also noted the contribution of all previous Cyprus governments, the House and political parties towards the European goal.

He extended special thanks to all the Greek governments and especially Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Papandreou, the EU member-states, the Commission and the European Parliament for the invaluable help and support they offered Cyprus during its accession course.

CNA ΚΝ/EC/2003

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