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Turkey's EU course will force it to behave, says Government Spokesman
2005-02-07 14:42:06

Paphos, Feb 7 (CNA) -- Turkey's European Union accession course would force the country to adopt European norms and regulations and behave in a European manner, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

The spokesman said the objective of the Greek Cypriot side is to reach a political settlement as soon as possible, provided that the necessary preparatory work is done to create the parameters for negotiations that would ensure a positive outcome.

Responding to questions, yesterday in Paphos, he said the National Council, top advisory body to President Papadopoulos on the handling of the Cyprus problem, is currently discussing the changes the Greek Cypriot side wants to introduce to a UN-proposed solution plan to render a settlement viable and workable.

''The effort is to bring about such changes that the plan is accepted by both communities on the island,'' he added.

He said ''we have to bear in mind that our goal is to find a solution as soon as possible and Turkey's European aspirations would force it to behave according to European principles.''

Asked if Brussels links a Cyprus solution with Turkey's accession, he said ''many documents and various assessments from different sources are in circulation in this regard.''

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