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18 December, 2002
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) President James Dimitriou on Tuesday issued a press release hailing the accession of Cyprus to the European Union and lauding the efforts of both the Cypriot and Greek governments toward that goal.
He hailed ''the historic decision of the European Union to call on the Republic of Cyprus to become one of its members without terms,'' and congratulated the people of Cyprus and the government of the island republic for this success.
He also lauded the Greek government for its support to Cyprus throughout this process.
The AHEPA president expressed, however, his sorrow for the inability to achieve a solution of the long standing political problem of the island republic, ''due to the unwillingness of the Turkish Cypriot side."
However, he expressed the hope that the accession to the Union will act as a catalyst toward the resolution of the problem, since it seems that this is the will of the majority of Turkish Cypriots.
AHEPA is by far the oldest and largest Greek-American expatriate organization, active in almost all areas of Greek interests.
Source: Athens News Agency