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Cyprus House President meets with French MPs
2005-12-06 17:28:37

Nicosia, Dec 6 (CNA) - The Cyprus problem, Turkey's European course and relations between Cyprus and France, were among the issues discussed during a meeting between House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias and French MPs, who are on an official visit to Cyprus at the invitation of the House of Representatives.

According to an official press release, the delegation of the French-Cypriot Friendship Committee of the National Assembly consists of MPs Michel Voisin, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Jean-Claude Lefort, 2nd Vice Chairman, Rene Rouquet and ?ichel Hunault.

Christofias made clear that the rejection of the Annan plan by no means equals the rejection of the solution of the Cyprus problem, noting that ''it should not be forgotten that the Cyprus problem is one of invasion and occupation and blatant violation of the human rights and the Cyprus people.''

He further referred to the traditionally close relations between the two parliaments and the cooperation between the two countries at a bilateral and international level, noting the absolutely successful, as he described it, recent official visit of Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos to France.

The House President also expressed the gratitude of Cyprus to the approach of France regarding the Cyprus problem as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and as a powerful European country.

Referring to the important stages in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, the House President explained the reasons for which the Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan Plan and reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to cooperate with a spirit of goodwill in a new initiative.

As regards Turkey-EU relations, Christofias noted that Cyprus supports a European Turkey to the benefit of the country itself, Cyprus and the region.

However, he concluded that Turkey must fully comply with the European principles and rules, including the full implementation of the Protocol extending the Ankara Agreement.

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