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Bundesdag V. Chairman hopes for a Cyprus settlement before May 2004
2003-10-30 17:28:05

Nicosia, Oct 30 (CNA) - Vice Chairman of German Bundesdag Norbert Lammert, member of a German parliamentary delegation currently visiting Cyprus, has expressed hope that Cyprus' accession to the EU will contribute to efforts for a settlement of the island's political problem before May 1st, 2004.

Lammert was speaking after a meeting with Cyprus Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou who briefed the German parliamentary delegation on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, in view of Cyprus' EU accession.

''We express our hope that Cyprus' membership to the EU will also contribute to solving the domestic problem of this country at best before the entrance date of May 1st next year, if not as soon as possible after that date,'' Lammert said.

Iacovou noted that ''Germany is a very important country and even more important in the EU framework''.

He also noted that the governments of Cyprus and Germany have very good relations and hold many meetings within the EU.

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