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09 May, 1997
European Commission President Jacques Santer said in Athens yesterday that negotiations for Cyprus' EU accession will begin as scheduled, six months after the completion of IGC talks, even if there is no political agreement for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Santer, who spoke to reporters upon his arrival yesterday afternoon, said the European Union's commitment would be kept.
He said, however, that he hoped for a political solution to the problem prior to the Cyprus' accession to the European Union.
The European Commission has compiled a very positive report on Cyprus, he said, adding that "there is no problem in Cyprus gaining accession to the European Union."
Regarding Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Greece's hopes to participate in the single currency, he said that economic indicators of the country presented a considerable improvement.
"The results and the indicators of the Greek economy are heading in the right direction," he said.
Mr. Santer arrived in Greece in order to attend events marking the Day of Europe, celebrated on May 9.
He has already held a meeting with President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, and is due to meet with Prime Minister Costas Simitis today as well as with main opposition New Demcoracy leader Costas Karamanlis in Thessaloniki tomorrow.
The Commission president also had a half-hour meeting with Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis yesterday.
Source: Athens News Agency