EP President: EU will continue to work for Cyprus reunification
Larnaca, Oct 3 (CNA) --- The European Union will continue making efforts to achieve the reunification of Cyprus, President of the European Parliament Josep Borell reassured today, noting that the island cannot remain divided.
Borell, who arrived here for an official visit, also stated that the EP voted in favor of the opening of accession negotiations with Turkey, provided that Turkey would soon recognize Cyprus.
President of the Cypriot House of Representatives Demetris Christofias, who officially welcomed Borell at the airport, thanked the President of the EP as well as the EP plenary for their support towards the EU principles, as expressed in the EP's resolution regarding Turkey's EU accession course, especially those principles that are linked with the Cyprus problem.
Tomorrow Borell will be received by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and have a meeting with Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias. He will also hold meetings both in the government-controlled areas with government and House of Representative officials, as well as political party leaders, and in the Turkish occupied areas with the Turkish Cypriot leadership and political party leaders.
In statements at the airport, Borell said that the European Union is making all efforts, and will continue to do its utmost so that Cyprus is reunited.
«There are many towns in Cyprus that are divided and this situation cannot continue. The last dividing wall in Europe is in Cyprus. There was another one, in Berlin, but that was demolished'', Borell noted.
He also expressed hope that his visit here, would enhance the relations between the Cypriot House of Representatives and the European Parliament.
Christofias reassured him that Greek Cypriots would continue to work together with their Turkish Cypriot compatriots ''who want a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, so that, as EU citizens, we can enjoy the benefits of a reunited Cyprus with all rights restored, in conditions of peace, employment, and happiness''.
He added that the Republic of Cyprus has no objection to Turkey's European course.
''I warmly welcome Mr Borell here with mixed feelings. When in 2003 we met in Madrid, I wished that when he comes to Cyprus he would visit a reunited island. Unfortunately for the well- known reasons, there was no reunification. But we continue our efforts so that a solution is found that will reflect the interests of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and less any foreign interests'', he said.
Referring to the Cypriot Members of the European Parliament, he said that they may be only six, but they are very active and are interested not only in the Cyprus problem, but also in European problems in general.
''During our meeting tomorrow we will of course review the relations between the Cyprus House of Representatives and the European Parliament'', Christofias said.
House President noted the difference between hearing about a divided Cyprus and really seeing the demarcation line and the impact of the Turkish invasion and occupation.
He wished Borell ''a pleasant and fruitful stay on the island'' and expressed hope that at his second visit he will be welcomed by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, jointly.