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Annemie Neyts: Cyprus' perspective to join EU comes nearer
2002-05-29 11:34:58

Nicosia, May 29 (CNA) -- The perspective for Cyprus to join the EU is coming nearer and nearer, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Belgian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister in charge of Agriculture, said here today and expressed her admiration for Cyprus, for successfully closing almost all negotiating chapters for EU accession.

The Belgian Minister was speaking to the press after a meeting here with President Glafcos Clerides, with whom she discussed the current situation of the Cyprus issue as well as Cyprus' accession negotiations with the European Union. |

Neyts is participating in the Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for Europe, which opened today in Nicosia.

"The perspective for Cyprus to join the EU is coming nearer and nearer," she said and added that "those on this island who believe that they have all the time of the world are very mistaken. And this is the message I will bring to everybody".

She said "I want to express my admiration and appreciation for the fact that Cyprus has succeeded in closing 28 chapters for the accession negotiations with the EU."

Asked whether the final decision for the enlargement will be one for all ten candidate countries or one for each country, she said that this has not been definitely decided.

She expressed the view, however, that the decision has been made and it will depend on the progress of the accession negotiations, which are progressing "very well".

The Belgian minister added that Cyprus is among the top groups and expressed conviction that the decisions of the EU Summit in Laaken last December will be confirmed.

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