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Maltese President urges Turkey to fulfill its EU obligations
2007-06-14 12:22:26

Nicosia, June 11 – The government of Malta favors Turkey’s accession to the European Union provided Ankara fulfills all commitments towards the EU, including the ones regarding the Republic of Cyprus, President of Malta Edward Fenech-Adami has stressed.

“Malta has always been saying that it would be favorable for Turkey to join the EU, provided of course that Turkey lives up to all its “commitments”, he added after holding talks in Nicosia with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos.

The Maltese President who visited Cyprus earlier this week also told reporters that the talks with Mr. Papadopoulos included the European Treaty, the initiative of Malta for a European-Arab Forum, ways to promote candidacies of Malta and Cyprus in international for a, as well as energy and immigration issues.

Both Presidents praised the excellent bilateral relations and said that in political matters Malta and Cyprus support and understand each other.

They also spoke about investment opportunities between Maltese and Cypriot businessmen and urged for investment in third countries.

Moreover, President Papadopoulos reiterated that his government remains committed to the full implementation of the UN-brokered July 8 2006 agreement, stressing that this process is necessary for the proper preparation of a new successful effort for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

He also stressed that the aim remains to reach, without delay a mutually acceptable solution, through negotiations, under the auspices of the UN, on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, which will safeguard the true reunification of Cyprus, its territory, people, economy and institutions.

An agreed solution, he added, should be based on international law, the relevant Resolutions of the United Nations, and compatible with the principles and values of which the European Union is founded.

The Cyprus President underlined that “the Republic of Cyprus remains committed to and consistent with the promotion of the full implementation of the 8th July Agreement, which provides for the simultaneous start of bicommunal discussions on substantial issues of the Cyprus problem and on issues that affect the everyday life of all Cypriots.

“This process is necessary for the proper preparation of a new successful effort for the solution of the Cyprus problem”, he added.

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