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Cyprus' positions at EU-Turkey Association Council
2006-06-07 12:40:53

Nicosia, Jun 7 - Cyprus' positions at the EU-Turkey Association Council in July was the main issue of discussion at yesterday's meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister George Iacovou.

In statements after the meeting, Mr. Iacovou noted that the EU common statement at the Association Council, on July 13th, will differ from the previous one, due to the developments that took place in the past year.

''Turkey undertook some commitments. It is important that the common statement reflects all that has happened since then. The references on the Cyprus problem should change, since in the meantime we have had the meeting in Paris between President Papadopoulos and the UN Secretary General, as well as Kofi Annan's statement and the invitation towards Turkey to accept the establishment of the Committees on a technical level to prepare for negotiations on the Cyprus problem", Mr. Iacovou noted.

The EU Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) will discuss the EU common statement and in the event that no agreement is reached, the issue will be remitted at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

Mr. Iacovou added that with President Papadopoulos they discussed many other important EU issues, like the EU-Turkey negotiating chapters.

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