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05 February, 2000
Secretary General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana on Friday expressed support for the European Union to increase its involvement in efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue.
Addressing the press on the occasion of the New Year and the assumption of his new duties, Solana referred to Cyprus' accession course to the EU, the Cyprus issue and Greek-Turkish relations.
Commenting on the Cyprus issue, he hailed the Geneva proximity talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, under UN sponsorship, as a positive event, adding that the EU should intensify its efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus issue.
"Cyprus will join the EU and, consequently, the EU has every reason to contribute to a solution to the Cyprus issue," he said.
On the question of a proposal by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou for the creation of a Committee of Wise Men between Greece and Turkey, under Solana's sponsorship, aimed at examining bilateral issues concerning the EU, Solana said he discussed the proposal with both Papandreou and Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and believes that it should be the object of further thought and consideration.
Source: Athens News Agency