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British House calls on government to safeguard Cyprus' interests
2005-01-20 10:02:28

Nicosia, Jan 20 (CNA) -- The British House of Commons calls on the Birtish government through an early day motion, already signed by 42 MPs, to work closely with, and to respect, the rights of the Republic of Cyprus and its democratically elected President Tassos Papadopoulos, to safeguard the interests of Cyprus in the forthcoming discussions on Turkey's possible membership of the EU and to make very clear to Turkey that it is in its own best interest to recognise fully and quickly the existence of the Republic of Cyprus.

The House also calls on the British government to make very clear to Turkey that it is in its own best interest to clearly work for the normalisation of its relationship with the Republic of Cyprus and fulfill, as soon as possible, its obligations towards Cyprus as stated in the Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 17th December 2004 with regard to signing the Protocol regarding that adaptation of the Ankara Agreement, taking account of the accession of the 10 new member states and to resolve the issues of Cyprus in which it can and should play a major role.

''The House is aware that the United Kingdom is a strong supporter of Turkey's membership of the EU; further notes that the United Kingdom is one of the guarantor powers for the island of Cyprus and that Cyprus is a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association,'' the motion also said.

The House of Commons ''calls on the British Government to work closely with, and to respect, the rights of the Republic of Cyprus and its democratically elected President, Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, to safeguard the interests of Cyprus in the forthcoming discussions on Turkey's possible membership of the EU and to make very clear to Turkey that it is in its own best interest to recognise fully and quickly the existence of the Republic of Cyprus which is already a full member of the EU and to clearly work for the normalisation of its relationship with the Republic of Cyprus and fulfill, as soon as possible, its obligations towards Cyprus as stated in the Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 17th December 2004 with regard to signing the Protocol regarding that adaptation of the Ankara Agreement, taking account of the accession of the 10 new member states and to resolve the issues of Cyprus in which it can and should play a major role.''

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