The European Commission stands ready to further strengthen its support for the process for a solution of the Cyprus problem, should the two parties request it and the UN agree, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stephan Fule has said.

Presenting the progress reports for the candidate countries, Fule referred to the Cyprus problem, noting that efforts would be made with all parties for a comprehensive settlement, noting that this time the process should lead to a result.

Fule said he expected a constructive stance on behalf of all sides, and noted that it was encouraging that Greece and Turkey were to meet the negotiators of the two sides.
He furthermore expressed hope that the process would lead to the solution of the island`s longstanding political problem.

Fule also pointed out the importance of the implementation of Turkey’s Additional Protocol, noting that once it was implemented, the Commission would submit a proposal to open the eight chapters that were put on hold.

  1. Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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