Cyprus closes one more chapter in accession negotiations
Nicosia, Jun 10 (CN?) -- Cyprus will close today in Luxembourg one more
chapter in its accession negotiations with the European Union, that of
Competition, bringing up the number of closed chapters to 28 out of 31.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that by closing this chapter Cyprus will have in fact wrapped up its accession negotiations since for the closing of the two chapters remaining that of Agriculture and Financial and Budgetary Provisions the EU must take decisions on financing.|
As far as the Agriculture chapter is concerned "we have concluded all the work needed to be done by Cyprus," Kasoulides added, noting "Cyprus accession negotiations with the EU have basically been concluded."
He said the financing issues concerning the chapters of Agriculture and Financial and Budgetary Provisions would be discussed in October by the 10 under accession countries and the 15 EU member states.
Kasoulides will travel from Luxembourg to Vienna where he will meet with his Austrian counterpart.
After that he will pay an official visit to Bratislava at the invitation of the Slovak Foreign Minister to discuss issues of mutual concern. Both countries aspire to join the EU in the first wave of enlargement.
Kasoulides said he would take the opportunity to express to this Slovak counterpart the Cyprus government's gratitude for Slovakia's contribution to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.
On his way back to Cyprus Kasoulides will stop over in Budapest to meet the new Hungarian Foreign Minister.