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EU does not recognise separate entity in Cyprus, says Spokesman
2005-02-15 11:47:42

Nicosia, Feb 15 (CNA) – The primary position of the EU, in view of the fact that it does not recognise any separate entity in the Republic of Cyprus, is that it accepts Mehmet Ali Talat on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot community, said here Tuesday Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.

This is the way the government views yesterday’s meeting between European Commission President Jose Barroso and Talat in Brussels, the Cypriot spokesman added.

Asked if there was any pressure on the US side to hold the meeting, Chrysostomides did not rule out any prior contacts, adding that he is not aware of any intervention.

To a question whether the government has any official information on the meeting, Chrysostomides said Barroso in his statements expressed the hope that there will soon be a new opportunity to promote initiatives under UN aegis, aiming to solve the Cyprus problem.

“Barroso said he repeated the Commission’s readiness, if it is asked, to offer its good offices to find a permanent and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, and expressed the Commission’s support to open more crossing points in an effort to bring closer Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and to widen the spirit of conciliation between the two communities”, the Cypriot spokesman said.

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