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Danish EU presidency welcomes Annan's decision to submit plan
2002-11-19 15:01:06

by Nicos Bellos Brussels, Nov 19 (CNA) ? The Danish Presidency of the European Union (EU) welcomed the decision of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit to the two sides in Cyprus his proposal for a Cyprus settlement.

At the same time it expressed hope that the proposals would form the basis for a negotiated agreement.

In a declaration by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union issued in the framework of the General Affairs and External Relations Council held here November 18 - 19, the presidency reiterated the willingness of the EU to accommodate the terms of a comprehensive UN settlement, in line with EU principles.|

"The Presidency warmly welcomed the decision of the UN Secretary-General to put to the two sides in Cyprus his proposal for bridging the gaps which still remained between them after eleven months of negotiation," the declaration said.

Noting the "presidency regarded this initiative as a timely one", the presidency "expressed the hope that the proposals would form the basis for a negotiated agreement."

The Presidency reiterated "the willingness of the EU to accommodate the terms of a comprehensive settlement in line with the principle on which the EU is founded and its intention to encourage all those concerned to bring the negotiations to a positive conclusion before the Copenhagen European Council in December so that, at that meeting, it would be possible to welcome a re-united island to the EU."

Cyprus, which opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998, is expected to be among the countries to be invited to enter the EU at the Copenhagen European Council in December.

It has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

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