Danish presidency's memorandum includes reference to Cyprus
By Apostolis Zoupaniotis --
United Nations, Sep 12 (CNA) - The decision for Cyprus' accession to the
European Union (EU) will be made in accordance with the Helsinki
conclusions, a memorandum accompanying Danish Prime Minister Anders
Fogh Rasmussen's statement to the 57th session of the UN General
It also adds that a Cyprus settlement will facilitate the island's accession to the EU.|
According to the extract on Cyprus included in the memorandum, "the EU reaffirms its commitment to furthering stability and prosperity in the Mediterranean region as a whole and fully supports the renewed efforts being made by the UN Secretary General and his Special Adviser to broker a comprehensive settlement for the Cyprus problem consistent with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions".
It notes that "the EU supports the UN Security Council in urging both sides, and in particular the Turkish side, to cooperate fully with the Secretary General's Special Adviser in such an effort and calls on them to intensify and expedite their talks in order to seize this unique window of opportunity for a comprehensive settlement".
"The EU believes that while a settlement will facilitate the accession of Cyprus to the EU, the decision of Cyprus' accession will be made in accordance with the Helsinki conclusions", the extract on Cyprus concludes.
Cyprus, which opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Ongoing UN-led talks aim at achieving a comprehensive settlement.