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Commissioner Hahn: "Cyprus settlement long overdue"
2011-07-22 08:51:03

European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hann, who is currently on a two-day visit to Cyprus, stated at a press conference held yesterday in Nicosia that "seven years after the accession of Cyprus to the EU, a Cyprus settlement is long overdue" whilst noting that the EU is built on reconciliation- both human and political -and what has been achieved in Europe after the second World War, can be achieved in Cyprus.

He also said that it is essential to build trust between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots adding that "Europe needs a unified Cyprus" and that “the EU will continue to strongly support a settlement and to foster reconciliation and confidence building measures on the island."

Commissioner Hahn also commented on President Christofias and Mr. Eroglu's meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, noting that "in Geneva the leaders have opened the perspective of a successful conclusion of negotiations reaching a comprehensive settlement, the window of opportunity is here and I hope the leaders will find the strength and the courage to agree to compromise."

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