Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 01-01-09
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 9 January 2001
-  Government Spokesman: Cyprus will continue to work towards EU
 Government Spokesman: Cyprus will continue to work towards EU
The Cyprus Government has never had any illusions about the difficulties it
will encounter on the way to European Union membership, Government
Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said yesterday, commenting on a statement by
European Union Commission President Romano Prodi that the EU does not wish
to introduce any tension into its ranks, should it accept a divided Cyprus
Mr Papapetrou said that what matters most are the EU summit decisions, such
as the Helsinki conclusions that stipulate that a solution would facilitate
accession but it is not a precondition.
The Government Spokesman said the Helsinki decision is crystal clear and
binding for the EU, pointing out that Cyprus has to adhere to such
decisions in order to counterbalance other views.
"Mr Prodi did not interprete the Helsinki decisions in a different manner
and I would like to note that over and above any statements by EU officials
there are the unanimous decisions of the European Councils," Mr Papapetrou
Cyprus, he said, will have to continue working towards accession, armed
with decisions such as those taken in Helsinki.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/