Clerides says Copenhagen meeting went "exceptionally well"
Amsterdam, Oct 29 (CNA) ? President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides said
the Copenhagen meeting where the 13 EU candidate states were informed by
the Danish Presidency on the Brussels European Council decisions "went
In statements to CNA from Amsterdam, on his way to Cyprus, Clerides said the candidate states were informed on the various decisions taken by the European Union at the Brussels EU Summit.
"None of these decisions affect Cyprus and its european path", the President said, adding that "no country has remarked whether there is a solution or not", to the Cyprus problem.
Referring to Turkey, President Clerides said that a road map will be given to her and once it meets its terms, then a date for accession talks to commence will be given.
Regarding the brief encounter he had in Copenhagen with Turkish President Ahmed Sezer, Clerides said they exchanged views mainly on the delay of the UN-sponsored Cyprus talks, due to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's illness.
The President told CNA that Sezer asked him whether the technical committees, set up within the framework of the direct talks, began their work.
"I told him we are ready. We have given the names of the members of the two committees. We have not received information from the Turkish side whether they have given the names. I knew before we left that they had not given any names yet due to Mr. Denktash's illness. Mr. Sezer was very friendly", the President added.|
President Clerides also said he had received a telephone call from Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis informing him on his meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third. UN sponsored peace talks, which began last January, have not yielded any results due to Rauf Denktash's insistence on the creation of two separate "states", contrary to UN resolutions calling for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
Cyprus, together with nine other EU candidate states, is expected to finalise accession negotiations by December.