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EU group calls on Commission to assess UN plan
2002-11-14 15:30:12

by Nicos Bellos Brussels, Nov 14 (CNA) -- The European Popular Party, the largest political group in the European Parliament, has put forward a proposal to ask the Commission to say whether a UN plan for the solution of the Cyprus question is compatible with European laws and regulations.

The proposed amendment to a report on EU enlargement was tabled by two Greek Euro MPs and it was adopted unanimously by the group. It will then be submitted to the plenary of the Parliament for consideration at next week's meeting.

Should the amendment go through, the Commission will be called upon to give its evaluation on the provisions of the UN plan and say whether it can form a basis to secure a viable and functional solution within the European Union framework, in line with the acquis communautaire.|

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to inform him within seven days of their decision on whether they consider his proposal a basis for negotiations. The proposed UN plan was delivered to the parties involved in the Cyprus problem on Monday, 11 November.

The Greek Cypriot side has always insisted that, in view of Cyprus' accession to the EU, any agreed settlement must be in line with the acquis communautaire.

The EU itself has repeatedly stressed that Cyprus must speak with one voice in Brussels and be in a position not only to take decisions but also to implement EU law.

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