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Papandreou and Yakis want Cyprus settlement before Copenhagen
2002-12-05 11:32:08

Constantinople, Dec 5 (CNA) -- Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Turkey's Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis said on Wednesday that they wish to find a solution to the Cyprus problem before the Copenhagen European Council on 12 December, adding that even if this is not the case, the ''door'' for a solution to the problem should not be closed.

Speaking after meeting yesterday his Greek counterpart, Yakis said that both leaders on the island would convey their views on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan for Cyprus and Annan will either change his plan and re-submit it to the two sides or say that these demands do not constitute compromise, the Turkish Anadolu News Agency said.

On his part, the Greek Foreign Minister said that a solution to the Cyprus problem before the EU summit is not impossible, adding that this opportunity has to be used well.

If a solution cannot be reached before the Copenhagen summit, ''this should not be the end of everything, and a new dynamism has to be brought about'', Anadolu quoted Papandreou as saying.

Yakis claimed that if Cyprus enters the EU without a solution, then the EU would embrace "a very sick child".|

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ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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