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EU urges Erdogan to support solution in Cyprus

Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission respectively, look forward to newly-elected Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s continued support for a settlement in Cyprus and of the Kurdish issue.

In a joint message congratulating Erdogan on his election, van Rompuy and Barroso said Turkey is a key partner for the European Union — a candidate country negotiating EU accession, a neighbour, an important trade partner, and a foreign policy ally.

“We look forward to enhancing our cooperation in all these areas,” they said.

“We also look forward to your continuing support to the current process aiming at a settlement of the Kurdish issue, in which you already invested valuable efforts and on your continuing support to reach a settlement in Cyprus,” the message by Rompuy and Bassoso said.

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides expressed hope that Turkey will contribute constructively to a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem,

Commenting on the Turkish presidential elections, Christodoulides said “the result of … is a matter for the Turkish people and that is fully respected”.

“Our hope is that Turkey will finally contribute constructively to a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem, a solution that will end the occupation and illegal settlement (of the island`s northern part) so that all legitimate inhabitants of the island will enjoy the same rights as those enjoyed by European citizens,” he said.

Europe, he noted, was Turkey’s only way out of the deadlock which its policy in the region has led the country.

The road to Europe for Ankara, he said, was a one-way street and it would only open through the respect of human rights and by fulfilling its obligations towards Cyprus and other EU members.

“Away from Europe, Turkey will face serious obstacles and its course towards democratization and the country’s relations in the wider region will face a setback.”

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