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STATEMENT BY U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY,
2002-12-13 16:40:33

CONGRESSWOMAN, CAROLYN MALONEY, CO-FOUNDER & CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON HELLENIC ISSUES
LAUDS DECISION BY E.U. TO AFFIRM ACCESSION OF CYPRUS REPUBLIC

NEW YORK - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the bipartisan, 119 member Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, released the following statement today in response to news that European Union leaders at the Copenhagen summit have invited the Republic of Cyprus into the union:

"I welcome the European Union's decision today to affirm the accession of the Cyprus Republic into the union, even if there is no agreement reached in Copenhagen for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. Accession of the Cyprus Republic into the European Union should take place, even if unexpected delays occur in reaching a final settlement of the Cyprus problem, and the European Union sent that message loudly and clearly by its action today.

While it is unfortunate that a final settlement was not reached as a result of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's inability to attend reconciliation talks and the inability of his representatives this week to accept the latest U.N. proposal as a basis for a settlement, I join Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides in voicing ongoing support for the continuation of discussions for a settlement of the Cyprus problem after the Copenhagen summit."
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