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Blomberg to become EU Commission special adviser on Cyprus
2005-04-13 13:42:22

By Themis Themistocleous

Brussels, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Jaakko Blomberg, former Finish envoy for Cyprus, will be active soon as the European Commissionís special adviser on Cyprus and initially will undertake to examine and evaluate the intentions of all sides involved in the Cyprus problem and report to the Commission.

A Commission official in Brussels who spoke on condition of anonymity told CNA that although the Commission continues to accept that the Cyprus problem remains within the UN framework and supports the initiatives of the international organisation, it wants to play an upgraded role in a renewed effort for a solution.

The activity of a special Commission adviser falls within this framework and will investigate in a fine way, the current trends among the parties and inform the Commission, in anticipation of the Secretary-Generalís moves.

The same official said that in case of a new initiative for a Cyprus settlemnent, the Commission would like to have a more active involvement, including the examination of various issues which will be included in the text of an agreement making sure that they comply with European legislation.

The Commission official avoided determining the date of the start of the Finnish diplomatís mission who will be in Brussels to discuss his mission soon with relevant community officials, the CNA has learned.

Commenting on the rejection of the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriot community in April 2004, the same source said that the UN had possibly made mistakes which led to the planís failure and referred to the Secretary-Generalís mediatory role.

The source said that this role contained many dangers and for this reason it was not successful, therefore it is now acknowledged that if there is no agreement by the parties there is no reason to place it before a referendum.

Referring to the protocol expanding Turkeyís customs union agreement with the ten new member-states including the Republic of Cyprus, the same official said that nationalist forces in Turkey do not want this protocol to signal recognition of the Republic of Cyprus. For this reason Turkey will issue a relevant declaration addressed to Brussels, for political reasons, at the same time with the signing of the protocol.

This statement, the official added, does not affect the start of the accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005, nor the possible non-implementation of the protocolís expansion. However, there will be obstacles in achieving progress under such circumstances.

The official said that the Commission hopes that in the event the Turkish side makes a statement concerning non-recognition, there will be some space for future progress and that the statement will have an element of encouraging the process.

We have received assurances from the Turkish government that it will sign the protocol and place it before the Turkish National Assembly for ratification for its immediate implementation, the official said, adding that the Commission expects Turkey to implement the protocol.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the islandís northern third.

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