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House President says Turkey's EU course passes through Cyprus
2004-11-23 09:40:38

Nicosia, Nov 23 (CNA) - Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias pointed out that Turkey's European Union course unavoidably passes through the Cyprus problem, the core of which is no other than the blatant violations by Turkey of the fundamental European principles and rules and the safeguarded of human rights of the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike.

Speaking at a dinner he hosted last night in honour of the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Petr Pithart and the delegation accompanying him, Christofias noted that the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus was Ankara's obligation towards the EU itself, adding that ''we will fight with all our might so that these realities are properly taken into consideration at the EU summit on December 17", which will decide whether to open accession negotiations with Turkey.

Turkey's EU course ''depends primarily on itself, its willingness to comply with European principles and rules, from which no candidate country can be exempted,'' he said.

Christofias furthermore explained the reasons for which the Greek Cypriot community rejected a UN plan for a settlement, noting that it did not provide for security safeguards or the viability of the proposed solution and thus did not guarantee a common future for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

He also mentioned that the government is in favour of the financial support of the Turkish Cypriots, and that the government has proceeded with the de-mining of National Guard minefields in the buffer zone, a move which has not been met by the other side.

Referring to bilateral relations, Christofias said the Czech Republic has always been a steadfast supporter of the just struggle of the Cypriot people for the reunification of the country in the framework of a just and viable solution, which will comply with international law and relevant UN resolutions.

He added that ''the new dynamic that is being created for the upgrading of the role of national parliaments in the European context obliges us to work together to form a framework of enhanced parliamentary cooperation, in which mutuality and solidarity will prevail.''

''With your visit we have placed the foundations of this framework, on which we will build, having the Charter of Fundamental Rights as our compass and the security and prosperity of the citizens we represent as our aim,'' he concluded.

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