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Cyprus government ''disappointed'' with EU summit draft
2004-12-07 09:49:32

Nicosia, Dec 7 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has expressed disappointment with a revised draft of the conclusions European Union leaders are expected to adopt at next week's summit.

''Since the draft has been leaked, I would like to express our disappointment with its contents. There is no substantive change and President Papadopoulos will outline our positions later today at his meeting with EU current president, Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende,'' Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today.

He said the third paragraph of the section on Turkey ''merely repeats the wording of the previous draft with the addition that the Ankara agreement will be extended to the ''ten new member states.''

''There is no other change with regard to Cyprus and the problems between us and Turkey,'' he noted.

Responding to questions, he said ''Turkey has to adopt such policies that would signify normalisation of its relations with all EU member states and has to make such moves that would be tantamount to recognition of the Republic of Cyprus, before the start of accession negotiations.''

The Spokesman pointed out that this is only the second draft, adding that more will follow before the final draft is presented to the EU leaders at their meeting on December 17, when they will decide whether to begin membership talks with Ankara.

''The final draft is subject to changes at the Council meeting as well,'' he added.

Cyprus maintains that Turkey must recognise the Republic, saying that it would be a paradox to have Ankara seeking Nicosia's positive vote for accession negotiations if it does not recognise the Republic's existence.

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