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EU Commission to support new UN initiative for Cyprus
2005-02-04 10:28:35

Larnaca, Feb 4 (CNA) -- The European Commission is looking forward to a new UN process to solve the Cyprus problem, Head of the European Commission group for Cyprus Leopold Maurer said today, adding that the EU institution he represented would support such a process.

In statements at Larnaca Airport before departing from the island, where he held a series of meetings, Maurer said an agreement was achieved during his stay in Cyprus on outstanding points of the Green Line Regulation, and that two more crossing points were to open between the two sides on the island.

Maurer said ''we are very happy about the progress we have achieved here in Cyprus and I have to say that we had a very good climate of talks, we had a spirit of cooperation, a spirit of compromise and I think that shows that it is possible to make steps forward.''

''We came here and the main objective was to make progress on the Green Line Regulation. Not only do we have now an agreement on the outstanding points but also we think that it is very important we will have two more crossing points, the very important Ledra Street and the also important Zodia which is called Astromeritis,'' he added.

The EU official noted that ''de-mining is necessary in Zodia - Astromeritis, while concerning Ledra Street we will also have to look at the old buildings there, to fix them and do the surface of the street.'' He said the Green Line Regulation could help towards this end.

''Of course we have had success concerning the personal belongings that can be brought by people going over the line. We have now a limit of 135 euros, which came up from 30 euros before. Not only will it be possible now for people coming from the north over the Green Line but also the Turkish Cypriots have promised to reciprocate that, also for people coming from the south going to the north. So I think it will be an advantage for both sides and this could contribute to come even closer,'' Maurer said.

He added that ''we have also discussed more technical issues for what we called the aid package, the last outstanding point is one concerning the agency that will be implement the money here on the island and we also discussed the situation concerning a future new UN process.''

Maurer noted that during talks with House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, ''we heard that the National Council will put together the different proposals of the parties (concerning the Annan Plan) and to arrive at a common position.''

''So we are looking forward that we will have in some time a new process which would be supported, by all means, from the side of the Commission,'' Maurer concluded.

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