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Resumption of the function of the European acquis Committee an incentive for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table - Government Spokesman

Resumption of the function of the European acquis Committee an incentive for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table - Government Spokesman
Since there are no negotiations, the ad hoc Committee for Informing Turkish Cypriots on the European acquis can not continue to function, the Government Spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday 3 September 2017.

In his statements to journalists, and asked about the work of the ad hoc Commission to inform the Turkish Cypriots about the European acquis, the spokesman said that "the ad hoc committee was established after a written agreement between the President of the Republic and the President of the European Commission Mr Juncker, because the implementation of the acquis (in the occupied areas) will take place after the Cyprus problem is resolved and always on the basis of Protocol 10 of the Treaty of Accession of the Republic of Cyprus.

This Commission could function alongside the negotiations. Since there are no negotiations, it can not continue to function. The European Commission fully understands this approach of the Republic of Cyprus".

Christodoulides added that the resumption of the function of the Committee is "an incentive for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table".

EU-Mediterranean summit in Nicosia an indication of the multidimensional foreign policy of the Government

With regard to the summit of the seven EU Mediterranean countries to be held in Nicosia on 10 October, the Government Spokesman said it was an indication of the multidimensional foreign policy of the Government, which brings very concrete results.

In his statements to the journalists, Christodoulides was asked to refer to the work of the upcoming Summit, saying that "it is an indication of this multidimensional foreign policy that brings very concrete results.

This is a very important Summit. It will be attended by the Prime Ministers of the countries that participate to the countries of the South, with a rich agenda on EU-related issues.

The Summit in Nicosia will be attended by a major European Council in Brussels, so the issues that will be of concern to the Summit are also related to the Brussels agenda, such as Economy, Energy, as well as issues related to the Brexit negotiations. Certainly an issue that is expected to dominate, taking into account the debates in Brussels, is the Euro-Turkish relations.

We consider this Summit to be of particular importance as well as the fact that it is hosted in Cyprus. It is the first such Summit that will be held in our country and we are working so it will be absolutely successful"./IBNA

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