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19 March, 2002
There is a historic opportunity to find a solution to the Cyprus problem in line with the European norms, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou told CNA here on Saturday, stressing that Turkish support to the ongoing UN-led proximity talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is considered to be important by the EU.
Papandreou said ''everyone should welcome the fact that the talks have began under the UN auspices and according to Security Council decisions,'' pointing out that Europe ''has set the support of the talks by Turkey as a basic condition for this country.''
He said that the outcome of these talks depends on the will of all sides and especially of the Turkish side ''that for 28 years now, shows that it does not wish for any sort of change on the Cyprus issue.''
Papandreou pointed out that there is a ''historic opportunity'' to find a solution to the Cyprus problem based on European norms.
Asked if the Greek delegation discussed in Barcelona the Cyprus question with the EU member countries delegations, the Greek minister said ''we always discuss'' the Cyprus problem.
Source: Athens News Agency