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Simitis says Greece wants to see a reunited Cyprus in the EU
2003-01-14 15:49:29

Nicosia, Jan 14 (CNA) - President of the European Council, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, said Tuesday that his country would like to see a reunited Cyprus entering the European Union (EU).

Presenting the program of the Greek presidency at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Simitis said in any case, Cyprus is moving towards accession to the European Union, leaving open the possibility of a solution, the Athens News Agency quoted the Premier as saying.|

Simitis remarked that Greece would like to see a reunited Cyprus entering the EU so that both communities on the island could enjoy the benefits offered by accession to the Union. ''We have said from the first moment that the Annan plan constitutes an opportunity as a basis and starting point for the solution of the Cyprus problem'', the Premier said.

He also pointed out that ''we are moving towards this direction with consistency in our effort to reach a solution by February 28''.

''In any case, Cyprus will proceed to the EU, leaving open the possibility of a solution to the Cyprus problem and the implementation of the acquis communautaire throughout the island'', Simitis added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/EC/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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