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European Commission welcomes Papadopoulos-Annan meeting
2006-03-01 16:43:18

by Nicos Bellos Brussels, Mar 1 (CNA) - The European Commission has welcomed yesterday's meeting in Paris between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, saying the agreement to launch talks on a technical level was encouraging.

Replying to questions, Krisztina Nagy, spokeswoman for Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, said the Commission is closely monitoring developments in the Cyprus problem and remains focused on supporting the resumption of negotiations under UN auspices aiming at a settlement.

In this context, she added, the Commission welcomes yesterday's talks in Paris and views as encouraging the fact that the leaders of the two communities have agreed to launch a dialogue on technical issues, a process which could help build trust and lead to the resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement.

Nagy furthermore referred to the approval by the EU General Affairs Council of the financial regulation for the Turkish Cypriots, saying that the regulation, through which very specific and important plans for everyday life would be implemented, could contribute to improving relations between the two communities.

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