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Cyprus President hopes Cyprus' positions to be adopted at EU conclusions
2004-12-06 09:57:05

Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) --- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said today he expected Dutch Premier Jan Peter Balkenende, whose country currently holds the EU presidency to listen to the positions of the Cyprus Republic regarding the decisions to be adopted by the European Council on 16 and 17 December and expressed hope that some of those positions will be adopted in the conclusions of the EU Summit.

Balkenende is due to visit Cyprus Tuesday, to discuss with Cyprus President issues regarding this month's meeting of the European Council, that will decide on Turkey's European course.

''The first draft of the conclusions has been released. More drafts will follow. I expect that Balkenende will listen to our positions and ponder them, with the hope that some of our positions will be adopted in the conclusions'', President Papadopoulos said.

Invited to comment on press information that the US asked the EU presidency not to impose any preconditions regarding Turkey's European course, and asked whether he himself expected such a stance, President Papadopoulos replied ''yes'', adding that ''this position is not new, it is an old one, that for broad strategic aims and to the interest of Europe, and of the world also, Turkey must become an EU member''.

''The US stance has always been that no political terms should be imposed on Turkey, concerning bilateral relations'', Cyprus President noted.

He said ''these are not new terms'' and added ''it is a basic obligation of Turkey towards the EU and this treatment that applies for Turkey has been then same as for all other countries''.

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