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Greek Prime Minister sees no movement in Cyprus problem
2004-12-20 14:15:41

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Dec 20 (CNA) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said today that he did ''not have any indications'' about any movement in the Cyprus problem, noting that the solution of the problem and the commencement of Turkey's EU accession negotiations were ''two different matters that should not be linked''.

He added that talks on the Cyprus problem could not begin ''with the current form'' of the solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted for political and parliamentary reporters in Athens just hours after the European Council in Brussels, which gave Turkey the 3rd of October 2005 as a date to start accession negotiations, Karamanlis said the stance Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos maintained at the EU summit was responsible and strong, noting that ''the climate regarding Cyprus has improved significantly.''

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