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Spokesman dismisses reports about Cyprus' accession
2002-09-17 11:33:08

Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government dismissed here today as "totally unfounded" reports to the effect that the European Union might leave Cyprus out of a list of candidate countries that will be invited by the December EU summit to join the Union.

Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today that all indications give exactly the opposite message.

"This report is totally unfounded. All the information we have, all the indications we have show exactly the opposite, namely that Cyprus will be among the first wave of candidate countries to be invited to join," Papapetrou said.

He pointed out that there is nothing that can reverse this course.

The spokesman was commenting on statements by an anonymous EU diplomat quoted by Reuters who said that the EU should think seriously about letting Cyprus in the next wave of enlargement for fear of disrupting the ongoing peace effort.

A second dispatch from Reuters on the same story quoted the diplomat as saying that the Commission was sure to recommend that Cyprus will be technically ready in December to wind up accession talks and to join the bloc.|

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