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15 February, 2001
Cyprus House of Representatives Speaker Spyros Kyprianou on Wednesday discussed developments concerning the Cyprus issue and the political situation prevailing in Cyprus with Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi.
Both expressed concern over the deadlock in proximity talks on the Cyprus issue and reviewed Cyprus' accession course to the European Union.
According to reports, they agreed that Cyprus continues to be in first place among candidate countries for accession, but the next stage in the process will be the most difficult and Nicosia will have to make a great effort to maintain this position.
Kyprianou briefed Papazoi on the political situation in Cyprus in light of the elections, terming it steady.
Both briefed each other on their recent visits to Russia and agreed that Moscow supports Cyprus with the same steadfast positions.
Kyprianou also held talks on the Cyprus issue with Greek Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Kaklamanis said their meeting was productive since Kyprianou "has great experience in handling situations over the years, in critical periods, and is aware and monitors all the aspects of the Cyprus problem."
He also expressed his emotion over Kyprianou's decision to quit his post as House of Representatives Speaker and referred to their long cooperation being the heads of the two Parliaments.
On his part, Kyprianou said "I shall continue to struggle for my country as a member of the National Council, as well as a man and a citizen. It is an issue with which I involved myself all my life and it would not be possible for me to abandon it at this time. I shall continue to struggle with all until we achieve our target."
Source: Athens News Agency