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EP Contact Group with T/Cs welcomes signals from Annan-Papadopoulos meeting
2006-03-07 14:10:17

Nicosia, Mar 7 (CNA) – European Parliament High Level Contact Group with the Turkish Cypriot community in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas has welcomed “the positive signals received from the meeting of UN Secretary General Annan and President Papadopoulos regarding the resumption of inter-communal talks.”

A press statement issued here in the framework of a press conference given by the seven members o the Contact Group holding meetings in Cyprus March 6 and 7, said “the Group noted the wish expressed by Turkish Cypriot party leaders to urgently resume the contacts within the UN framework which should in time lead to a full resumption of talks to find a negotiated settlement.”

“The Cypriot community in the northern part of the island is part of the European family. The Group intends to continue to listen to their concerns in a spirit of openness, transparency and tolerance,” the statement noted.

It said the aim of the work of the Group is to contribute to an end of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community and to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus, whereby the meetings in the north of the island do not signify any recognition of the partition of the island.

“In this context the Group finds it highly regrettable the there were several incidents regarding crossings into the northern part of the island which ran counter to the mutual agreements. The Group expects mutual agreements to be honoured in the future,” it added.

Furthermore it noted that in its meetings with all interlocutors the Group has stressed that it welcomes the decision taken by the Council of Ministers of the European Union to adopt the Financial Aid package of 139 Million Euros as strongly supported and called for by the European Parliament.

“As an initial step, the Group calls to identify as soon as possible the most efficient and practical way to use these funds in order to help the citizens and to restore confidence. The Group believes that such an approach will support the reconciliation process on the island,” the statement said.

It noted that the seven members of the Contact Group held talks with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, with the acting leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Fatma Ekenogou, with Mr. Ferdi Soyer, Mr. Mustafa Akinci and Mr Hasan Tacoy and with a wide range of Turkish Cypriot community NGOs.

The visiting delegation of the Contact Group consists of Francoise Grossetete, Coordinator (French), Mechthild Rothe, Deputy Coordinator (German), Karin Resetarits (Austrian), Cem Ozdemir (German of Turkish origin), Francis Wurtz (French), Sean O’Neachtain (Irish) and Ryszard Czarnecki (Polish).

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