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Foreign Ministry welcomes Commission report on Cyprus
2003-11-05 17:17:15

Nicosia, Nov 5 (CNA) -- Cyprus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed a European Commission monitoring report on Cyprus' preparations for membership, noting that it considers positive the level of readiness and the extent of compliance with the acquis communautaire.

A written statement issued here tonight by the Ministry said the government recognises fully its obligations towards the Union and is making all the necessary moves to ensure full and prompt compliance with the acquis.

The Ministry also expressed satisfaction with the contents of the Strategy Paper on Turkey which notes that the absence of a political settlement in Cyprus could become a serious obstacle to Turkey's EU aspirations.

The Ministry described as ''positive'' the Commission's view that a solution to the Cyprus question can still be found before May 1 next year so that a reunited Cyprus joins the Union.

Cyprus, the statement said, had notified the Commission on the very latest developments in the implementation of its commitments in the problematic areas the Commission identifies, which due to lack of time they have not been incorporated in the report.

The Ministry also pointed to the Commission's assertion that Turkey has not complied with European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case of Titina Loizidou, a Greek Cypriot whose property lies in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

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