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House President urges Europe to take more active role
2002-05-09 11:39:40

Nicosia, May 9 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has called on Europe to become more engaged in the Cyprus peace effort and urged the permanent members of the UN Security Council to help overcome the obstacles raised by Turkey to a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus question.

Christofias was addressing here this afternoon European Parliament President Pat Cox, during a special plenary session of the 56-seat Parliament, in the presence of Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, ministers, other officials and foreign diplomats.

Christofias reiterated Cyprus' adherence to European values and the vision of a united and strong Europe, which should never stop its effort to boost democratic principles through effective participation of its citizens.

"Our message on this auspicious Day of Europe is that together we shall build the Europe of tomorrow, in the vanguard of efforts to create a better and a more peaceful world," Christofias said, noting that all Cypriots, Greek and Turkish Cypriots, look to Europe as "a beacon of civilisation."

The House President expressed Cyprus' gratitude for Europe's support in the peace effort and added "we ask for more help from Europe, the US, Russia and other members of the Security Council to overcome the obstacles posed by Turkish intransigence and by Ankara's threats, in the event of accession of a divided Cyprus, to the efforts to find a just and lasting settlement."|

Turkey has warned of unrestraint reaction against Cyprus and the EU if Brussels accepts Cyprus in its ranks without a prior solution to the political problem. UN-led peace talks, which began in January this year, have not made any headway so far due to unacceptable positions for two separate states in Cyprus, put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side.

"We remain and shall remain fully committed to the peace process to find a settlement based on UN resolutions and the high level agreements that provide for a bizonal, bicommunal federation which would safeguard the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all Cypriots," the House president said.

Christofias called on Europe "to show a more dynamic presence" in these efforts for a solution.

He said EU enlargement, including Cyprus, would strengthen Europe's role in the Middle East as well as the international political arena.

Christofias said Europe must never stop working for democratic values through the maximum possible participation of its citizens in its organs and referred to the Convention for the Future of Europe, in which European citizens have a say about the future shape of Europe.

He said Europe has achieved a lot in the past 50 years but it still has a lot of gaps to fill.

Welcoming warmly Pat Cox to the island, Christofias said that Cyprus backs actively efforts by the international community and in particular the European Parliament to promote peace and reconciliation.

"We are ready to align our policies with the emerging common EU foreign policy in a bid to strengthen its role as a guardian of international law and a body that contributes to stability, peace and equality in world affairs," he said.

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