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Cypriot FM expects developments in Cyprus during 2004
2003-11-03 10:47:22

Larnaca, Nov 1 (CNA) --- Cypriot Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou expressed the view that Cyprus' accession to the EU, developments in the process for a Cyprus settlement and the examination of Turkey's course towards the EU will chronically meet during the first six months of 2004.

Speaking to CNA on his departure yesterday for London, Iacovou stressed that despite the result of the so called elections in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, to be held in December, a serious effort will be made to achieve a solution to the Cyprus issue, due to Turkey's interests, emerging from its accession to the EU.

''Turkey's interests are such, that despite the result of the so called elections, a very serious effort will be made for a settlement of the Cyprus problem'', he stressed, adding, ''it would be better, if the negotiations were held with someone else rather than Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash''.

Iacovou will meet Monday with his British counterpart Jack Straw, Minister for Europe Denis Mac Shane, Members of the House of Commons and representatives of the Cypriot community in the UK.

In London, the Cypriot FM will also meet with Secretary General of the Commonwealth Don McKinnon, with whom he will exchange views regarding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to take place this December in Nigeria.

Referring to the prospects for a Cyprus settlement, Iacovou said ''the process of a solution to the Cyprus problem, Cyprus' accession to the EU and the examination of Turkey's accession, will chronically meet within the first semester of 2004''.

On Wednesday Iacovou will go to Moldavia to participate at a meeting of Council of Europe Foreign Ministers Committee.

He will also meet with General Secretary of the Council of Europe Walter Schwimmer to discuss the cooperation between Cyprus and the Council.

Iacovou returns back Thursday.

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