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Greek FM calls on Turkey to comply with EU acquis
2006-09-27 12:35:33

Washington, Sep 27 -- It is now high time for Turkey to prove, in practice, that she can and really intends to conform to the institutional, political and economic acquis of the EU, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis has said addressing 44 members of the US Congress, reiterating Greece's support to Turkey's European orientation.

Ms. Bakoyiannis expressed hope that Turkey will take all necessary steps in order to fully meet the criteria and the obligations stemming from its European perspective, noting that this is a prerequisite which all countries wishing to join the Union, including Greece, have been asked to fulfill.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, she said the Greek government remains steadfastly committed to reaching a just and viable solution for the reunification of Cyprus, adding that ''our ultimate goal remains a mutually agreed and certainly not an imposed solution between the two parties.''

She underlined that ''the principles that must guide us in seeking a fair, functional, and viable solution are clear: full consideration of all the work done by the UN; international law, and all the relevant Security Council Resolutions''.

''Last, but not least, the acquis communautaire; we cannot overlook the fact that Cyprus is now a full member of the European Union and that both Greek and Turkish Cypriots are going to live in the European framework,'' Ms. Bakoyiannis noted.

She added that ''any initiatives that consolidate the separation of the island, by leading to political upgrading of the illegal regime in northern occupied Cyprus, are counterproductive to the efforts of reunification.''

''We take the view that any new initiative will have to be carefully prepared, so as to ensure real chances for success'', Bakoyiannis said.

Today Ms. Bakoyiannis, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, will meet her US counterpart Condoleezza Rice.

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