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Greek Premier: Cyprus settlement feasible within 2003
2003-01-02 15:43:39

Nicosia, Jan 2 (CNA) -- The solution of the Cyprus question within 2003 is feasible and would allow more important steps in the Greco - Turkish relations to be made, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simits has said.

According to the Athens News Agency, in a new year's message, Simitis included Cyprus' accession to the EU in his country's big successes in 2002, expressing certainty that 2003 will be also an important year for Greece.|

As from 1st January 2003, Greece has assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union.

The Greek premier underlined that during 2003 his country ''will struggle for the solution of the Cyprus question'', stressing that ''the solution is feasible. What is needed is unity in the home front and joint will''.

''The solution would be a big step towards the stability and peace in the region'', Sinmitis added, noting that the solution of the problem ''would allow more important steps in Greco-Turkish relations to be made''.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is making efforts to bring about a settlement of the Cyprus problem by the end of February 2003, on the basis of his revised proposals presented to the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides on 10 December 2002.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.


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