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Cox sends message of encouragement to parties in Cyprus
2002-05-15 17:05:29

Nicosia, May 15 (CNA) -- President of the European Parliament Pat Cox has asked Euro MP's to join him in sending a message of support and encouragement, and to urge both parties in Cyprus to seize the moment of opportunity and settle the Cyprus problem.

Cox, who was addressing a European Parliament plenary session today in Strasbourg, said the visit of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Cyprus "will hopefully give a new impetus to the face-to-face talks on Cyprus being conducted through the good offices of the UN."|

The UN chief, who arrived in Cyprus yesterday, had separate meetings today with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. Tonight he had a joint meeting with the two leaders followed by a dinner. He leaves tomorrow.

Cox said "this is a crucial and decisive moment for enlargement, and especially for Cyprus", adding "the compelling deadline stemming from the negotiations on the accession of Cyprus to the EU has brought about an unprecedented window of opportunity for a comprehensive settlement."

"I ask the House to join with me in sending a message of support and encouragement, and to urge both parties to 'seize the moment of opportunity'," he told Euro MP's.

Pat Cox visited Cyprus last week.

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