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Cypriot President says EU talking about terms for Turkey's bid
2004-12-10 09:43:33

Nicosia, Dec 10 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said today that he had heard nothing in Europe about vetoing Turkey's EU accession course but rather about terms that should be imposed on Ankara in order to forward its European bid.

Commenting on a gallop, according to which 70% of the Cypriot people believe the Republic of Cyprus should veto Turkey's EU course at the December 16 and 17 European Council, President Papadopoulos said, ''I have heard no one in Europe speaking about a veto. They are talking about terms that should be imposed on Turkey to become a member.''

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the EU's Dutch presidency was pressing on with its meetings on all levels with the other 24 member states in order to arrive at a text on the European Council's conclusions, that would be presented to the heads of state and government.

Chrysostomides added that much substantive work was usually done during the EU heads' dinner on the eve of the European Council, noting that they would evaluate all the facts and reach decisions, irrespectively of any suggestions or pressure by any third country that was not an EU member.

Asked if the government was aware of any compromise to be submitted on December 16 regarding Turkey's expectations to receive a date to commence accession negotiations, the Spokesman said many issues would be discussed at the EU heads' dinner.

Commenting on the US stance and asked if the government was concerned about US pressure to create a climate that would favour granting Turkey an accession date, Chrysostomides said ''the US policy of fully supporting Turkey's accession course is well-known.''

''Which influence it will have on the final decision of the EU is up to the heads of state of the EU members to decide. They will evaluate all the facts and will arrive at their own decisions, irrespectively of any suggestions or even pressure by any third country which is not an EU member,'' he added.

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