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Athens pleased with Karamanlis' visit to Cyprus
2004-11-15 10:42:17

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Nov 14 (CNA) - The Greek government appeared satisfied with the outcome of a two-day visit by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his meetings with the government and political leadership of the island.

''The trip went very well, something which was confirmed at the meeting of the Prime Minister at the House of Representatives'' with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and House President Demetris Christofias, Greek government sources said, adding that ''the coordination of the two sides' actions continues.''

According to the same sources, the first actions of Athens aim at the EU in view of the December 17th European Council, so as to make clear to all partners in the Union that Turkey's bid to join the EU depends primarily on herself and her stance towards the Republic of Cyprus.

Thus, next week senior Greek government officers will begin a tour of European capitals, with Paris probably being their first stop.

The sources said Athens and Nicosia are trying to make clear that each candidate for EU accession country must follow the rules and preconditions set by the EU.

On the Cyprus problem, the sources said Athens and Nicosia would continue efforts to reunite the island. ''The Annan plan remains the basis for talks,'' the sources noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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