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Cyprus expects improvement of EU summit draft conclusions
2004-12-01 10:28:35

Nicosia, Dec 1 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that everyone is expecting improvements to the draft conclusions of the December 17 European Council, noting that the Cypriot government was making ''titanic efforts'' to inform EU governments and institutions on its positions and demands in relation to Turkey's bid to join the Union.

Commenting on Ankara's reactions to the conclusions, which say Turkey is obliged to recognise the Republic of Cyprus, Chrysostomides said this was merely a repetition of Ankara's positions.

''Ankara seems to deny for the time being to recognise its fundamental obligation towards the Republic of Cyprus and above all, of course, towards the EU, that is to recognise all EU member-states, with which it will be negotiating on an intergovernmental level throughout the accession negotiations, if it receives a date on December 17'' to begin accession talks with the EU, the Cypriot Spokesman said.

Asked how the government was going about informing EU governments and institutions on its positions, Chrysostomides said this was done ''with all the visits of the President, those of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and our diplomatic services,'' which he described as ''especially intense.''

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