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Papadopoulos sees better international climate for Cyprus
2005-11-07 13:53:20

Larnaca, Nov 6 (CNA) --- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos stressed that the international community has reviewed its stance towards the rejection by the Greek Cypriots of the UN envisaged Annan plan for a Cyprus solution and noted that there is a more favorable climate now for Cyprus.

In statements upon his return from France, where he paid a three-day official visit, the Cypriot President said that «France supports our positions¨», noting that there is a convergence of views between Nicosia and Paris.

“For some time now, our views converge with France. The coalitions in the EU, differ according to the various issues and the time periods. I believe that there is an important improvement in the climate that existed before, about Cyprus after the results of the referendum for the Annan plan in 2004. Now the climate is much better”, he noted.

President Papadopoulos was also invited to say whether French President Jacques Chirac’s statements that France’s main goal is to protect the interests of the EU member states and then the ones of its friends, constitute a message to Ankara.

«If serious issues of a member state are at risk, the general position is that the member state should have the first word and with this statement (Chirac's) the climate of support is expressed”, he said.

Apart from the Cyprus issue, President Papadopoulos discussed with his French counterpart Turkey’s EU course, the Middle East and bilateral relations.

Referring to Cyprus’ national air carrier, Cyprus Airways, and the financial difficulties it faces, he said that those who may be seriously interested to buy the airline, should be well informed about the its accounts, debts and its commitments towards the personnel.

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