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French FM calls on Ankara to recognize Cyprus
2006-02-02 12:47:33

Constantinople, Feb 2 - A landmark in Turkey’s EU procedure would be its recognition of all EU member states, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said in Ankara today.

The French Minister, who was speaking during a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, also said that Europeans cannot comprehend Turkey not recognizing a member State and stressed that the Cyprus problem should be resolved under UN auspices the soonest.

Mr. Douste Blazy stressed that everyone wishes to see a restoration of relations between the two sides in Cyprus the soonest and remarked that France welcomes all initiatives which aim at finding a lasting solution.

He also called on Turkey to keep its promises concerning the freedom of expression, women’s rights, minorities and the customs union agreement.

Meanwhile, Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias met in Nicosia on Tuesday with President of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group in the French Senate Mr. Andre Rouviere.

Mr. Rouviere called for a more active involvement of the EU in the Cyprus question, without bypassing the UN.

Mr. Christofias stressed that the Greek Cypriot side was ready for the resumption of talks to reach a settlement, on the condition that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will seriously take into consideration the concerns of the Greek Cypriot community regarding his plan for a solution.

The House President also mentioned the measures the government is taking to support the Turkish Cypriots, noting that any further measures should not circumvent the Republic of Cyprus.

Moreover, the two officials also discussed ways to further enhance the relations of the French Senate and the Cypriot House of Representatives, with the more often exchange of visits and contacts of the two sides.

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