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31 December, 2002
President Kostis Stephanopoulos wished that the New Year would pave the way for a Cyprus settlement, following the developments of the Copenhagen European Council, according to a CNA dispatch from Nicosia on Monday.
In a telegram to President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides for the new year, Stephanopoulos said we look forward that after the successful conclusion of the deliberations of the Copenhagen Council and the decision for Cyprus accession to the European Union, the New Year will be able to provide a way out to the great national problem of Cyprus which, under your firm and persistent guidance, is now at a point where we can hope.
He also stressed the great contribution of President Clerides to Cyprus and Hellenism in general.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the islands territory.
The Copenhagen European Council earlier this month has invited Cyprus, along with nine other countries, to join the European Union in May 2004 as full members.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is pursuing efforts to bring about a settlement of the Cyprus problem by the end of February 2003, on the basis of his revised proposals presented to the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides on December 10.
Source: Athens News Agency