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Greek Premier says Cyprus efforts will continue with same intensity
2004-11-12 09:47:39

Larnaca, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Efforts for a Cyprus settlement within the UN framework will continue with the same intensity, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, has stressed upon his arrival in Cyprus for a two-day visit, his first visit after his election.

Speaking at Larnaca airport Karamanlis said that his talks with the Cyprus government will focus on the Cyprus problem, bilateral and European issues with emphasis on the decisions of next December's European Council.

''Cyprus' accession to the European Union is a historic moment creating new conditions of security, development and most importantly new conditions to achieve what we have for many years longed for, solution of the Cyprus problem and reunification of the island'', he stressed.

Welcoming the Greek Premier, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed the Cyprus people's ''immense gratitude'' for Greece's support to the Cyprus cause.

''On behalf of the Cyprus people and my self, I express to you the gratitude of the Cyprus people for all that noble support Greece offers to Cyprus with a big cost'', the island's President said.

He expressed certainty that this support will continue in the framework of a new era of relations and that justice in Cyprus will eventually be restored.

Karamanlis also said that ''the Cyprus he visits is a modern, complete and equal member of the European Union but at the same time a Cyprus still struggling for a comprehensive, viable and functional solution of its problem''.

He added that he will hold discussions with the Cyprus government and political leadership on the Cyprus problem, ''several European issues with an emphasis on next month's European Summit''.

''Our struggles and efforts for a solution in the framework of the UN will continue with the same intensity. We will not rest because we believe that the future of the island is a future of cooperation and peace'', Karamanlis added.

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