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23 May, 2002
A report by Luxembourg Eurodeputy Jacques Poos on Cyprus' EU accession course was particularly positive and was adopted on Wednesday by the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee.
A draft resolution accompanying the report and which is expected to be adopted by the plenary of the European Parliament in June, hails the ongoing direct talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and calls on the two sides to continue negotiations in good faith and with a spirit of compromise and flexibility on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions.
It further notes that Cyprus' EU accession prospects has created a new impetus for a settlement of the Cyprus issue, emphasizing accession is possible for only one sovereign state within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
It said that the Cyprus-EU accession talks are expected to be concluded by the end of 2002, reiterating the position that the conclusions of the European Council in Helsinki will be implemented in their entirety if an agreement is not reached within the prescribed time framework.
The draft resolution also reiterates the European Parliament's support of the bicommunal talks, which it deems a necessary factor for the creation of trust and expressed its regret over Denktash's refusal to participate in such contacts.
The Turkish Cypriot leader is also called on to stop obstructing the work of EU representatives and to allow them to enter the Turkish-occupied territory so as to perform their duties and contribute decisively in the development of community plans.
On the course of the EU accession talks, it notes that 24 chapters have already provisionally closed, a fact, which brings Cyprus among the first in the first group of candidate countries.
Finally, it expressed satisfaction over the improvement of the macroeconomic climate in the past 18 months and the reduction of the fiscal deficit.
Source: Athens News Agency