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Cox says remaining days to Copenhagen are indispensable
2002-12-08 10:22:38

Nicosia, Dec 8 (CNA) -- European Parliament President Pat Cox has called on both sides in Cyprus to regard the remaining days until next week's Copenhagen European Summit "important and indispensable" to achieve a comprehensive settlement on the Cyprus problem.

Cox, who met here today with House President Demetris Christofias, said that he emphasizes ''the great anxiety we feel in the EU still to try to make as much progress as possible by the time of Copenhagen".|

He said he heard very clearly and frankly the genuine concerns of the people of Cyprus and sent them his own message which is "still to regard the days that are available to us until Copenhagen as important in indispensable in creating the political dynamics, not just here on the island but in the surrounding region that might permit a comprehensive settlement to unfold''.

"We are now constructing a new future for the European continent and the island of Cyprus is part of the vision," Cox said.

Speaking after the meeting, Christofias expressed the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to negotiate in a constructive manner in order to reach a settlement.

''President Clerides has shown this willingess in the past three years and especially in the past ten months during the direct talks,'' he said, adding ''I am sure that the President has the same good will now that he will have tomorrow and the day after".

Replying to questions, Christofias said that if there is a development before Copenhagen which satisfies the President, he would respond.

Cox is also meeting with Turkish Cypriot party leaders and will give a press conference later this evening.

Intense efforts, by the UN and other interested parties, are being made these days with a view at reaching agreement on a UN proposal for a comprehensive settlement, submitted to the two sides here in early November.

CNA/GS/MM/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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