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12 March, 2001
Visiting Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, on a three-day tour of the island republic, outlined Cyprus' upcoming steps towards EU accession during an address to labor union representatives on Sunday.
Papandreou expressed his regret that several representatives of Turkish Cypriot unions had not been allowed to attend the gathering at a Nicosia hotel by the Denktash regime running the pseudo-state.
Papandreou called the development "anti-democratic, one that denotes fear before the people's and society's will."
He also said it was ironic that at a time of growing rapprochement between Athens and Ankara as well as upgraded economic ties, it was sad that Greek and Turkish Cypriots "cannot, on their own island, shape a common future sans external interventions as free and creative individuals."
Referring to Cyprus' EU accession course, the Greek FM said the current situation was positive, with heightened international attention paid to a possible resolution because of the prospect of Union membership.
Source: Athens News Agency