Cyprus National Council says Turkish Cypriots must vote in Euro elections
Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA) - The National Council believes that Turkish Cypriot citizens of the Republic of Cyprus have the right and must be facilitated to participate in the European elections, according to a law to be passed by the House of Representatives.
The Council, top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, convened today under President Tassos Papadopoulos to examine the issue of the European elections and defined the general principles of the relevant proposed law.
Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the members of the National Council were briefed on the President's trips to Athens, New York and Rome.
''The National Council discussed today the issue of the European elections, taking into consideration the deliberations of the special committee set up for this purpose", the Spokesman said.
He added that ''the minutes of the committee were made available to the members of the National Council (parliamentary parties) and were the basis of today's discussions''.
Chrysostomides noted that ''the overall opinion is that the Turkish Cypriot citizens of the Republic have the right and must be facilitated to participate in the European elections according to the law that the House of Representatives will pass'', he said.
The Spokesman noted that ''the National Council defined the general principles of the proposed legislation but the final form of the relevant law will be decided by the House''.
Asked how the Turkish Cypriots would be facilitated to participate in the June European elections, the Spokesman said the legal framework and various arrangements will assist Turkish Cypriots to vote.
Chrysostomides noted that if the Cyprus problem is solved by the time of the elections, then the whole procedure would change.
The Spokesman also said that the members of the National Council were briefed on President Papadopoulos' meetings in Athens, New York and Rome.
In Athens, the President met with Prime Minister Costas Simitis, while in New York he saw UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and US and other officials. In Rome, he participated in the Intergovernmental Conference, which examined the draft constitution for the future Europe.