Lillikas: Our aim is to promote the solution of the Cyprus issue
Larnaca, Jun 19 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister George Lillikas has said that the main aim of the Republic of Cyprus is to promote a solution of the Cyprus issue, adding that the government of Cyprus is working hard to ensure that Turkey fulfills its obligations towards the European Union and thus towards the Republic of Cyprus itself.
Speaking to the press prior to his departure to Brussels, Lillikas said that the Republic of Cyprus is making efforts so that Turkey meets, before this October, its EU obligations in order to create better circumstances for the solution of the Cyprus problem.
?If Turkey does not meet its obligations by October when the European Commission will issue its annual report on Turkey, then we should expect by our EU partners and the Commission, strictness in the report?, he noted.
Tomorrow Lillikas will have separate meetings in Brussels with EU Commissioner for Enlargement Oli Rehn, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Marcos Kyprianou, as well as with EU High Commissioner for External Policy, Javier Solana.
The issues to be discussed at tomorrow?s meeting with Rehn will include the Cyprus problem, the implementation of the financial protocol for the Turkish Cypriot community, the Euro ? Turkish relations, as well as the promotion of direct trade based on the decision of the Council of the European Union regarding the opening of the Turkish occupied port of Famagusta and the return of the fenced area of Varosha to its lawful inhabitants.
During the meeting with Solana, the Cypriot Minister will exchange views on issues regarding the European defense and security policy as well as the participation of Cyprus at various EU missions.
In Brussels, the Cypriot Minister will also give a lecture at a think tank on the Cyprus issue.
?Our aim is not to cancel Turkey?s EU accession course, or to take measures against Turkey. Our main aim is to promote the solution of the Cyprus problem. We aim and work hard to persuade all who are interested, to help achieve a smooth EU course for Turkey so that it takes all those measures that would help her continue its EU course?, Lillikas said.