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Cyprus congratulates Bulgaria - Romania on EU accession
2007-01-04 12:54:26

Nicosia, Jan 4 – The Cyprus Government has congratulated Bulgaria and Romania on their accession to the European Union, and expressed the country’s readiness to cooperate with the new member states in the framework of the EU.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union. The 1st of January 2007 has not only marked the successful completion of the last wave of the fifth enlargement, but it has also rewarded Bulgaria and Romania for all the efforts made in order to implement the acquis communautaire and align with the values and standards of the EU,” Foreign Minister Yiorgos Lillikas said in a written statement.

“Cyprus looks forward to cooperating with Bulgaria and Romania in the framework of the EU with the view to promote European principles and ideals, and ensure peace, security and prosperity for the peoples of Europe,” he added.

Moreover, Cyprus Interior Minister Neoclis Silikiotis has made it clear that the Government will not impose any restrictions, not even transitional ones, as regards to the employment of Romanian or Bulgarian citizens in Cyprus.

He clarified, however, that the Government reserves the right to impose at any time, restrictions on the employment of Romanians and Bulgarians, in the event of any breach of labor relations.

The statements were made in response to press reports warning of a possible influx of Turks, of Bulgarian descent, from the island's Turkish-occupied area which, since the invasion of 1974, has been flooded with illegal Turkish settlers in a bid to alter the demographic structure of the island.

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