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21 February, 2003
A solution to the Cyprus problem within this month was still possible, EU Commissioner for enlargement Guenter Verheugen stressed on Thursday.
He said the European Commission urged all the sides involved to seize this unique opportunity to reach a solution in the coming week.
In statements before a NATO Parliamentary assembly, the EU official reminded those present of the European Commission's strong support for continuing final efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem until February 28.
He also welcomed a visit by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to the island republic.
"A solution by that date is still possible and will allow a united Cyprus to sign the Accession Treaty," Verheugen said.
He also stressed that the Commission and EU member-states had repeatedly given assurances that Europe's acquis communautaire would not be an obstacle to a solution and that they were ready to incorporate the terms of a solution in the accession treaty based on the principles on which the EU was founded.
Source: Athens News Agency