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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-07

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

  • [01]Friday, 07 November 2003 Irish Premier calls for "determined effort" to reach Cyprus settlement
  • [02] Foreign Minister: Commission's report on Turkey associates Ankara's EU aspirations with solution of Cyprus problem

    [01] Irish Premier calls for "determined effort" to reach Cyprus settlement

    "It is our view that there should be a determined effort to agree on a settlement in time so that a unified and united Cyprus will join the EU on 1 May 2004", the Irish Prime Minister, Mr Bertie Ahern, has said, noting that that would be "a historic development and an important achievement for everybody concerned". Mr Ahern, whose country assumed the six-month rotating EU Presidency in January 2004, was speaking after talks with the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, in Nicosia yesterday. The Irish Premier said he had informed President Papadopoulos on the important items on the agenda of the Irish EU Presidency, which included inter alia making preparations for the forthcoming Summit next Spring on the Lisbon process, ensuring everything was in place for EU enlargement in May 2004, and focusing on EU relations with third countries. "Most importantly, we had a very useful discussion on the UN efforts to reach an agreed settlement on the Cyprus question; I want to thank the President for his insight on the current position and his views on this matter are going forward in the months and particularly into our Presidency", Mr Ahern further noted and added that the Irish Presidency intended to offer full support to the UN Secretary-General's efforts in Cyprus and to encourage all sides involved to engage in peace talks with commitment and determination. He also congratulated President Papadopoulos on the positive remarks noted in the Commission's progress report on Cyprus, issued last Wednesday, and said Ireland was looking forward to welcoming Cyprus as a full member of the EU in May 2004. Invited to comment on the warning of the Commission to Turkey that the absence of a Cyprus settlement could become a serious obstacle to its EU aspirations, Mr Ahern stressed that the Copenhagen criteria constituted the basis on which a country's candidacy for membership was being judged. "Commissioner Verheugen said there is an issue around the united Cyprus that still has to be resolved, as everybody would like to see that, it is not a link, not a legal link, not a procedure but a note to reality", he further said. Asked to say what message he was sending to Ankara as regards its policy on Cyprus, the Irish Prime Minister pointed out that during his meeting with his Turkish counterpart, last July, he had told Mr Erdogan that the Copenhagen criteria formed the basis for the EU decision on a country's membership course. "I added that the conclusion of the difficulties and the outstanding issues around Cyprus would be extremely helpful and I urged him that I would like to see these issues resolved", Mr Ahern concluded. On his part, President Papadopoulos expressed gratitude to the Irish Premier for Dublin's "steady, consistent and lasting support" as regards the Cyprus problem and said he was pleased with the "excellent relations" between the two countries. Mr Papadopoulos also wished Mr Ahern and his country a successful term holding the EU Presidency.

    [02] Foreign Minister: Commission's report on Turkey associates Ankara's EU aspirations with solution of Cyprus problem

    The Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Iacovou, has noted that the European Commission's strategy paper on Turkey was essentially associating Ankara's EU accession course with the solution of the Cyprus problem. Mr Iacovou, who was speaking yesterday at Larnaca Airport upon his return to the island after successive visits to Britain and Moldavia, commented on the Commission's report on Turkey, which noted that not finding a settlement to the Cyprus problem could pose a serious obstacle to Ankara's aspiration to commence accession talks. "Setting a date for the commencement of EU accession negotiations with Turkey is dependent, to a large extent if not directly, upon the solution of the Cyprus problem by 1 May 2004", Mr Iacovou pointed out. As regards Ankara's last-minute efforts to evade the particular reference on Cyprus from being included in the report, Mr Iacovou said the Cyprus Government had taken all the necessary steps to ensure that Mr Erdogan's attempts to change the report would not succeed. In other statements, the Foreign Minister expressed satisfaction with his contacts in London with his British counterpart and members of the House of Commons. After London, Mr Iacovou travelled to Chisinau, Moldavia, where he attended the 113th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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


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