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13 January, 2000
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou called on the Cypriot business community on Wednesday to make its own contribution to efforts towards rapprochement and a settlement of the island's political problem of division and Turkish occupation.
Papandreou, who was addressing the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Greece and Cyprus will have not only to adapt but also shape developments. He stressed that Europe's decisions about its ties with Turkey put Ankara firmly on a course which it has to follow if it wants to become a member of the European family and appealed to the Turkish Cypriots to join the Cypriot negotiating team for Cyprus' accession of the European Union.
In a separate call to the international community, Papandreou said they should not apply double standards and be consistent with the rules of international law and order.
He reiterated that a solution in Cyprus should be based on a single independent and sovereign state with one international personality, as provided by UN decisions.
The minister fully backed efforts for rapprochement and expres-sed hope that Ankara will give its seal of approval to such moves which can help the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to get closer together.
Papandreou later left for Athens at the end of his two-day visit to Cyprus where he had talks on the Cyprus issue.
Source: Athens News Agency