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Kasoulides: we will win the battle for EU accession
2002-09-27 09:48:07

Paphos, Sep 27 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is convinced that Cyprus will win the battle to become a member of the European Union. ''I believe that with continuous hard work and no complacency, we will win this battle, I do not see any specific adverse reaction to our accession course,'' the minister said on his way to a meeting in Brussels.

He said the weekend meeting of the Republic's ambassadors to EU member states will offer the opportunity for an exchange of views and is expected to draft future strategy until the December EU summit.|

''It would be very useful to have all the ambassadors there to hear them out and exchange experiences in order to develop some kind of strategy to help everybody at their work,'' Kasoulides said.

Cyprus chief negotiator with the EU George Vassiliou will also be present at the Brussels meeting.

Kasoulides said that on Tuesday he and Vassiliou will participate in the Intergovernmental Conference between Cyprus and the EU whereas on Monday both men will have meetings with EU officials.

On Wednesday, Kasoulides leaves for New York to join President Glafcos Clerides who will be in the UN seat for meetings with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on 3-4 October.

The New York meetings are taking place in the context of the UN-led peace talks. Annan invited the two leaders to New York, after he had talked to them in Paris in early September.

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