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Cyprus Internet Directory [ No EU space for occupiers ]

No EU space for occupiers

FRENCH Prime Minister Francois Fillon yesterday said his country could not accept into the EU a country that has occupying forces in another European state.

“We are observing with great care the completion of the commitments Turkey has taken on, but I would like to say that we simply cannot accept into the EU a country, which has occupying troops in another European country,” stated the French Prime Minister, who visited Cyprus ahead of France taking over the EU presidency for the second half of 2008.

Fillon was speaking during a joint news conference with President Demetris Christofias, who was keen to stress that the Greek Cypriot side would not commit to negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem, unless there was progress first with the technical committees and working groups.

“As a result of the initiatives that we have taken, there is mobility, which we hope will eventually lead to negotiations for a complete solution to the Cyprus problem,” said Christofias. “I would like to clarify that we have not made any commitment for a start in negotiations without there being any progress by the working groups first.”

Christofias’ comments came just days before his new meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, scheduled to take place on May 23, during which the progress made by the technical committees and working groups will be discussed.

Noting that the common aim of both communities should be a bizonal bicommunal federal solution on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions and the High Level agreements of 1977 - 1979, Christofias said that ''progress in the Cyprus problem depends on the stance Turkey will take”.

''We urge our partners in the EU to encourage Turkey to finally show a positive stance, since the messages we receive from Ankara lately are not at all encouraging,'' Christofias said.

The Cyprus president pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side was not against the prospective accession of Turkey to the EU. “However, Turkey must fulfil its obligations to the [European] Union, including its obligations towards Cyprus,” he said.

On his part, Fillon expressed hope that the new efforts started after the election of Christofias to the Presidency of the Republic would lead to progress.

''We believe that these efforts should continue so that a just and viable solution will be found, which will put an end to the division of the island,'' he said speaking through an interpreter, adding that France ''will do its utmost'' as a Security Council permanent member-state to assist Cyprus.

He also clarified that the solution of the Cyprus problem lies within the UN and the UN Secretary-General, and said the EU can only assist these efforts since it has no mandate on the Cyprus problem.

Fillon and Christofias had earlier exchanged views on the French Presidency’s positions, the relations between the two countries and the Lebanon situation, while the Cypriot President also informed Fillon on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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