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Papadopoulos: not easy to make corrective moves on EU Constitution
2005-06-03 11:04:11

Larnaca, Jun 3 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos believes that it would not be easy to rectify certain things with regard to the European Constitution, in particular because several member states have already ratified it.

Speaking on departure for Luxembourgh for a meeting with Premier Jean Claude Junker, to prepare the forthcoming EU Council, he said it would be difficult to reengage these member states in a fresh round of negotiations.

He explained that the ratification of the Constitution and its rejection by the French and the Dutch people is a matter of grave concern within the EU.

''It is not easy to talk about rectifying moves, especially when several states have already approved the Constitution. However this issue will be discussed at the Council in mid June as well as at the Foreign Ministers' Council,'' he added.

On his meeting with Junker, he said this would focus on the EU budget for 2007-2013.

''Junker is trying to find a compromise solution. There still exist serious disagreements and we are running the risk of not approving in time the Union's framework for its financial activities for 2007-2013,'' he added.

Papadopoulos returns home on Saturday night.

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