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29 January, 1997
European Commission President Jacques Santer has confirmed that negotiations for Cyprus' full EU membership will start six months after the end of the inter-governmental Conference (IGC), clarifying that "there is no difference of views in the Commission on this".
"We arrived at a total agreement regarding enlargement with Cyprus on March 6, 1995. We remain put on this agreement with Cyprus, for negotiations to begin six months after the completion of the IGC," he said in answer to a question in the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.
Referring to Greek-Turkish relations, he expressed hope that problems will be solved, and said that the Council of Ministers had dealt with this issue.
"I hope this situation is not one of those that can have an impact on EU enlargement, and more especially the accession of Cyprus," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency