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Monday, August 29, 2005

Financial Mirror-Cyprus not happy with UK Presidency Turkey plans

"Cyprus not happy with UK Presidency Turkey plans

Foreign minister George Iacovou has expressed concern about the apparent plans of the British EU Presidency to wrap up discussion of Turkey on September 1.

Speaking before his departure for the Netherlands, Austria and Slovakia on Sunday, Iacovou said all signs led to the assumption that the British Presidency is seeking to conclude the discussion on Turkey on September 1, during the informal General and Foreign Affairs Council of the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Wales: “something which we do not accept”, he said.

An official meeting of COREPER (permanent EU ministry representatives) takes place on August 31, while an informal meeting of foreign ministers takes place on September 1-2 in Newport, Wales.

“We believe that the EU Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) should examine the EU's counter-statement, answering to the issues raised by the Turkish statement,” Iacovou said, adding that the Republic of Cyprus is ready for such a possibility “with its legal and political arguments.”"

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