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Cyprus & Greece agree Turkey must fulfill obligations towards EU & Cyprus
2004-11-12 11:59:28

Nicosia, Nov 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Greece support Turkey’s European course, however, they say Turkey must fulfill its obligations as a candidate country, towards the European Union and Cyprus, stated here Friday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and visiting Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

Speaking after their talks at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, President Papadopoulos avoided revealing what stance Cyprus will take on the issue of granting Turkey a date for the start of accession negotiations with the EU, stressing that the decision will be taken, after developments are reviewed at the last moment.

He stressed that although 17 December 2004 is a milestone, it does not mean that efforts end there.

The EU leaders are expected to decide on the issue on 17 December during their Summit. Both Greece and Cyprus are members of the EU.

The two leaders stressed the need for a resumption of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem based on the Annan Plan, provided, as President Papadopoulos stated, the relevant amendments and improvements are made to the plan to make it functional and viable.

“The common aim remains the need to solve the Cyprus problem, within the framework of the UN and as a member of the EU”, said Karamanlis, so that Cypriots can live in conditions of security and prosperity and enjoy the fruits of accession to the EU.

The two leaders examined issues of common interest in a climate of understanding and cooperation, as they said, and ascertained the excellent level of bilateral relations.

Papadopoulos and Karamanlis also discussed the missing persons issue.

The Cypriot President said the Turkish Cypriot side has adopted delaying tactics as far as the exhumations and identification process is concerned.

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