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President gets assurances from Greek Parliament President
2002-05-22 13:37:01

By Gregoris Savva- Athens, May 22 (CNA) -- The Greek Parliament will not ratify the European Union Accession Treaty, if Cyprus is not included in it, President of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis has said.

The assurances were given by Kaklamanis to Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, who said this position has yielded results and is "a huge help in the search for a political settlement" in Cyprus.|

Clerides is visiting Athens for talks with the country's political leadership, and in particular Prime Minister Costas Simitis.

Kaklamanis praised the President for his untiring efforts to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, and enable its people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to progress and prosper.

"The accession of Cyprus to the EU guarantees exactly this prospect," Kaklamanis said, adding that the Parliament has made it known that it will not ratify any EU treaty of accession unless Cyprus is part of it.

This, he stressed, is a matter of justice and good faith among EU members.

Kaklamanis said that if the Cyprus question is not resolved, in spite of the flexible attitude of President Clerides, accession of Cyprus to the EU would contribute to the political settlement.

President Clerides thanked Kaklamanis and the Greek Parliament for the support they afford the people of Cyprus and said the position outlined by Kaklamanis has already yielded results.

"This position is an immense assistance in the search for a settlement," the President said.

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