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Cyprus & Croatia agree to further strengthen cooperation
2006-03-03 12:16:21

Nicosia, Mar 3 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Croatia wish to further strengthen bilateral ties, as well as cooperation within the framework of the European Union.

Croatian Minister for Foreign Affairs and European integration Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, speaking after a meeting with her Cypriot counterpart George Iacovou expressed gratitude to the government of the Republic for all the assistance provided during the country’s European course, expressing the hope this support will continue.

Noting that Cyprus has strongly supported the Croatian candidacy and its decoupling from the Turkish one, Iacovou expressed the belief that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will visit Croatia during 2006.

Referring to Croatia’s European course, Grabar-Kitarovic said: "of course the membership does not depend on us but on the decision of the EU, but we hope we will proceed with an unabated speed because we are determined to fulfill all the conditions - from political conditions, reforms of the judiciary to economic criteria".

“We know that there are a lot of challenges ahead of us but we are ready to face them, we have an excellent negotiating team, we have already done a lot in the screening process and we will be opening the first chapter for negotiations, science and technology, just shortly”, she added.

As far as Croatia and Cyprus are concerned she noted that the two countries share “friendly relations but we both believe that we can do more in order to expand the relationship”.

Noting that “we would like to have more exchanges on the political and technical levels”, and expand cooperation in the economy, and tourism and other industries the Croatian FM concluded: “We would like to proceed to signing a number of agreements with Cyprus in different areas in order to foster bilateral cooperation between the two countries”.

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