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House Speaker & Greek FM decide to intensify efforts on Cyprus problem
2004-11-11 09:34:20

Athens, Nov 11 (CNA) -- Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias and Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis have agreed to intensify efforts to achieve the best possible result as regards the Cyprus problem.

Molyviatis told reporters after a meeting in Athens with Christofias that they exchanged views on current issues, which concern Greece and Cyprus. “We agreed to intensify efforts in view of the difficult days to come”, the Greek FM said.

Christofias told reporters “we made good preliminary work” bearing in mind that the Minister will accompany Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in his visit to Cyprus tomorrow.

They discussed “very serious issues concerning Cyprus’ relations with Turkey and the EU, and its relations with Greece”, noting they have common views and maintain an open spirit to intensify efforts to achieve the best possible result.

Asked if the recognition of Cyprus by Turkey is a sine qua non for Turkey to start accession negotiations with the EU, Christofias replied “I think it is the prime issue because it concerns not just Cyprus but the EU too”.

“The EU should put forward what is obvious, which is, that a country which is knocking on the door to enter negotiations, must recognise all EU member states and not leave any on the side. I think this is what Turkey is trying to do”, Christofias said.

The Cypriot official said that on 17 December, when Turkey’s bid to start accession negotiations will be decided at the European Council, the main issue should be the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Cypriot House Speaker had also a meeting wuth Premier Karamanlis. No statements were made after the 30-minute meeting.

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