Linking of EU regulations for Cyprus avoided
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Feb 24 (CNA) - The urgent simultaneous approval of two proposed regulations, namely those to finance the Turkish Cypriots and direct trade with the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, did not pass from the European Parliament today.
The linking of the two pending regulations was proposed in an amendment by Liberal MEP Andrew Duff and was rejected by 254 votes to 250.
A press release issued by the office of Cypriot MEP Ioannis Kasoulides says the linking of the two regulations was avoided thanks to the steadfast stance of the European Popular Party, which maintained a negative position towards the amendment.
Those in favour of the amendment were the Liberal, the Socialist and the Green groups in the European Parliament.
The press release notes that the amendment was rejected with the contribution of the European Left, the Cypriot MEPs, the members of Greek PASOK and other friends of Cyprus, although the Liberals, the Socialists and the Greens are, technically speaking, the majority in the European Parliament.
At the end of the day, the relevant resolution says that the European Parliament should make every effort possible to bring about the reunification of Cyprus and calls on the European Commission to enhance bicommunal programmes, thus building up momentum towards restarting negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.