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Poos: Both sides hope to solve Cyprus issue in ''fast track scenario''
2002-10-31 09:36:06

Nicosia, Oct 31 (CNA) -- European Parliament Rapporteur on Cyprus accession to the European Union Jacques Poos said here today that there is a hope from both communities on the island that the problem can be solved ''in fast track scenario'' before the Copenhagen EU Summit to take place in December 12 and 13.

Poos, who was received by President Glafcos Clerides, noted that his visit to Cyprus took place in a very "crucial phase" of the accession of Cyprus to the EU and also in a "very delicate phase" regarding the the UN-led Cyprus talks going on for the past ten months between President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.|

''In the weeks before us, with hard work and much effort and spirit of conciliation which has to govern those who are on the negotiating table and with the help of their friends and with European assistance, they could strike a deal compatible with the standards given by the UN, the EU and the human rights'', MEP Poos pointed out.

He added that desire and hope of Europe is to accept a united island to the EU.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third.

The European Commission decided last week that Cyprus, along with nine other candidates for EU membership, can finalise accession negotiations by the end of the year.

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