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26 November, 2002
The Greek government again reiterated on Monday that it wants a clear-cut EU accession for Cyprus without asterisks and footnotes.
Speaking during his regular press briefing, spokesman Christos Protopapas again referred to Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis comments on the sidelines of the Prague NATO summit last week, where he underlined that European Union expansion is unattainable without Cyprus.
No one has so far tied the solution of the Cyprus problem with Cyprus EU accession; and no one has the political or the moral right to do this. The decision at the Brussels (EU) summit does not point to such a message, and there is no reason to not abide by the provisions agreed to (at the summit), Protopapas stressed.
Asked about Ankaras recent stance in light of the tabling of the Annan peace plan for Cyprus and deliberations on the Euro-force issue, the spokesman cited what he called an evasive and inconsistent stance with contradictory statements ... one where its not clear where it (stance) will balance out.
Finally, he noted that Greek PM Simitis has already conveyed to the UN chief Athens willingness to employ the Annan plan as a basis for negotiations.
Source: Athens News Agency