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EU Danish presidency reiterates adherence to Helsinki decisions
2002-08-22 12:00:32

Nicosia, Aug 21 (CNA) -- The current president of the European Council Danish premier Anders Fogh Rassmussen has said his country continues to back the EU decision that a political settlement in Cyprus would facilitate accession but it is not a precondition.

"I would like to underline the position of the Danish presidency. We insist on the Helsinki declaration, according to which a solution of the Cyprus problem would facilitate EU enlargement but this is not a precondition," Rassmussen said after Tuesday's meeting with Turkey's deputy premier Mesut Yilmaz in Copenhagen.|

He said the European Council in December will take its decision on the matter taking all relevant factors into consideration.

The essence of all this, he added, is that Denmark encourages the two parties to this dispute to make every possible effort to find a solution in Cyprus.

The EU summit in December is expected to invite Cyprus and other candidate countries to join the Union. Turkey, a candidate country, is eagerly seeking to secure a definite date for the start of accession negotiations with the EU.

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