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Italian official says Cyprus problem is a European one
2007-05-31 12:08:58

Nicosia, May 30 – The Cyprus problem is not just a problem of Cyprus but of the whole of Europe, Italian Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs Famiano Cruicianelli has said.

Speaking in Nicosia after talks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Yiorgos Lillikas, Mr. Cruicianelli also said that Cyprus and Italy share the view that Turkey must become a member of the EU after it complies with all EU rules.

On his part, Mr. Lillikas said that Mr. Cruicianelli’s visit provides the opportunity to continue the dialogue which began with the Cypriot minister’s visit to Italy and to find new ways to enhance and strengthen the already good cooperation they have.

He also said that they had examined the Cyprus problem, the recent developments surrounding it, as well as the aims of the Cypriot government as far as the implementation of the July 8 Agreement for the reunification of the island is concerned.

To this, Mr. Cruicianelli said “we have reached some conclusions on the critical situation in which the Cyprus problem stands,” and underlined that “we support all international and UN efforts to reunite Cyprus. We support that it was a serious mistake to make thoughts of two states in Cyprus.”

Mr. Cruicianelli also said that “it is our duty as Italy to reach a fair solution to Cyprus.”

Concluding, Mr. Cruicianelli said they had the chance to ascertain the excellent relations between the two countries in the trade, economic and financial sectors.

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