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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 26 January 2000
Mr Verheugen was replying to questions by Euro MPs during a meeting of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee on the issue of enlargement with the candidate countries of South-eastern Europe.
Referring to the progress report on Cyprus' accession course, he expressed satisfaction with the progress so far. Cyprus moves at a fast rate and has concluded negotiations on more chapters than any other candidate country, he said, adding that eleven chapters have already been completed.
Mr Verheugen expressed the hope that the accession negotiations will contribute to the improvement of the climate for the solution of the Cyprus problem. This may encourage the Turkish Cypriot side to participate in the Cyprus negotiating team, he said.
In this way, accession will benefit both communities and it will be possible to apply the acquis communautaire to the whole island, he added.
The European Union Commissioner also said that he will visit Cyprus in March. During his visit he will also meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/