Cypriot Parliament Ratifies Lisbon Treaty
Nicosia, Jul 3 – Cyprus’ House of Representatives ratified the Lisbon Treaty, after a debate which lasted over five hours. Cyprus is the 20th EU member state which ratifies the Lisbon Treaty.
Opposition right-wing Democratic Rally party DISY, Democratic Party, Social Democrats EDEK Movement and the European Party voted in favor of the Treaty. The ruling left - wing AKEL party voted against the ratification of the Treaty and the Ecologists - Environmentalists Movement MP abstained.
In total 31 parliamentarians voted in favor of the ratification, 18 against and 1 abstained.
The President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pottering welcomed the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the Cyprus House of Representatives, stating that: ''Coming after the Irish Referendum, the approval by a big majority of the Members of the Cyprus House of Representatives is a very positive signal that the Lisbon Treaty is in Europe's vital interest,'' Mr. Pottering said.
''Twenty Member States of the European Union have now ratified the Treaty. Ratification should go on and all Member States should continue to express their positions on the Treaty by the end of this year. The aim is that the Treaty will have entered into force in time for the European Parliament elections in June 2009,'' he added.
''I am particularly pleased that approval in Cyprus was achieved on the basis of a wide political consensus,'' Mr. Pottering concluded.