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EU leaders urge Turkey to support UN efforts for Cyprus solution
2003-12-12 12:06:20

by Nicos Bellos

Brussels, Dec 12 (CNA) -- EU leaders have reiterated their preference to a reunited Cyprus joining the Union when enlargement will take place next May and urged all parties, and in particular Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, to strongly support the UN Secretary General's efforts for an immediate resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals.

In its conclusions on Cyprus, at the end of the European Council summit here today, the EU also said it considers that there is a good prospect of reaching a just, viable and functional settlement by 1 May 2004 noting that it is ready to provide financial assistance for the development of the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus.

It stressed "in line with its relevant conclusions, the European Council reiterates its preference for a reunited Cyprus to join the Union on 1 May 2004, in order to allow all Cypriots to enjoy a secure and prosperous future and the benefits of EU accession".

The Council noted "it considers that there is a good prospect of reaching a just, viable and functional settlement by 1 May 2004 consistent with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions" and "again urges all parties concerned, and in particular Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, to strongly support the UN Secretary General's efforts and, in this context, calls for an immediate resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals".

The Union "reiterates its willingness to accommodate the terms of a settlement in line with the principles on which the EU is founded. In this context, the European Council welcomes the Commission's willingness to offer assistance for a speedy solution within the framework of the acquis".

It underlines that "following a settlement, the Union is ready to provide financial assistance for the development of the northern part of Cyprus and the Commission would be called upon to prepare all necessary steps for lifting the suspension of the acquis, in accordance with Protocol 10 to the Act of Accession".

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