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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-02-02

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Tuesday, 2 February 1999


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  • [01] Turkish Cypriots should see that the EU is the common future for all Cypriots, says Foreign Minister


[01] Turkish Cypriots should see that the EU is the common future for all Cypriots, says Foreign Minister

Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides began a new round of efforts towards paving the way for the island's accession into the European Union, with a meeting in Brussels with EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek.

Speaking after the meeting Mr van den Broek said President Clerides' decision not to deploy the Russian missile system in Cyprus was courageous and important and "clearly removes a stumbling block".

The Commissioner added that the decision will strengthen EU ties with Cyprus and especially the continuation of the Republic's accession talks, which opened last year. Referring to the Republic's accession negotiations he said "so far Cyprus has made good progress" and reassured "we will do everything on our side to see to it that this pace is maintained." Regarding EU relations with Turkey, he said efforts for their improvement must continue. He stressed, however, that "Turkey should refrain from any kind of action that should slow down the progress of integration of Cyprus".

On his part, Mr Kasoulides described their discussion as "useful and productive". "It is important for us, for all Cypriots, to see Cyprus' accession process proceeding unimpeded, as it is doing." He added that this sends a very good message to all out compatriots in Cyprus, particularly the Turkish Cypriots, to see what common future lies ahead for all of us. "It is time for the Turkish Cypriots to accept the proposal to participate in the negotiations with their representatives, so that we can all join the EU together at the next enlargement", he said.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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