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21 April, 2001
Greece firmly abided by the European Union's policy on Cyprus' accession to the Union, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said Friday.
"Greece, with respect to Cyprus' accession to the EU, firmly abides by the EU policy," Reppas said, noting recent statements by the French government and European Commission officials that Cyprus would join the EU regardless of a solution to the island republic's political problem.
"There is no issue of that accession being obstructed," Reppas told a press briefing when asked by reporters to comment on statements made Wednesday by Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem during a visit to the Turkish-occupied sector of Cyprus that Turkey would react unconditionally in the event that Cyprus was admitted to the EU without prior solution of the Cyprus issue.
Reppas said that Cem's statement undermined the interests of the Turkish Cypriots and had no practical content since the Turkish Cypriots themselves desired Cyprus' EU membership.
Source: Athens News Agency