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European Parliamentarian urges Commission President Barroso to help bicommunal projects in Cyprus
2007-07-19 11:04:46

Nicosia, Jul 18 - President of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), Francis Wurtz, has called upon President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso to help overcome the difficulties in financing projects of bicommunal character in Cyprus.

In a letter sent to Mr. Barroso this week, Mr. Wurtz, a member of the European Parliament High Level Contact Group with the Turkish Cypriot community, notes that the EU is allocating funds to the Turkish Cypriot community through the Financial Regulation (259 million Euro) part of which is also to be used for people to people activities, that is bicommunal activities.

But he says that the members of the High Level Contact Group with the Turkish Cypriot community have been informed that objections have been raised as to the use of funds from the Financial Regulation in financing projects of bicommunal character, like the financing of the upgrading of the sewage treatment installations that serve the whole of Nicosia, which he describes as “an extremely urgent issue”.

“My request and proposal to you would be to help overcome the difficulties in financing projects of bicommunal character that will encourage and help cooperation between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, contribute to the rebuilding of trust thus helping in the future of a reunified Cyprus”, Mr. Wurtz states in his letter to Mr. Barroso.

He also informs the President that the Contact Group has last visited Cyprus from 2nd to 4th of July and during this visit they had, among other contacts, the opportunity to receive information on the work of the EU Program Support Office and meet “Eleni Mavrou and Cemal Bulutogullari, representatives of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots in Nicosia”.

“In these as well as other contacts I heard of problems in financing projects of bicommunal character”, Mr. Wurtz adds.

He concludes his letter by saying that he views his responsibility as a member of the High Level Contact Group “to do the outmost to work in the direction of rapprochement of the two communities, of facilitating all activities in the direction of the reunification of the island”.

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