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‘Sharing of natural resources could pave the way to peace in the island,’ Van Rompuy (R) tells Greek Cypriot lawmakers.

‘Sharing of natural resources could pave the way to peace in the island,’ Van Rompuy (R) tells Greek Cypriot lawmakers.

The president of the European Council (EC) has called on Turkey to respect the EU presidency, even after Greek Cyprus assumes the body’s rotating presidency in July.

“With regard to Turkey, I recall the strong support which the European Council already provided in December 2011 to the upcoming Greek Cypriot presidency,” EC President Herman Van Rompuy said after meeting with Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias on May 28, according to Cyprus news agency. The presidency “is a fundamental feature of our Union, based on the EU Treaty, and must be fully respected by all,” Rompuy said.

“The EU continues to attach the utmost importance to the continuation of the negotiations, and calls on both sides to make every effort to pave the way to a comprehensive settlement,” Rompuy said, adding that the “status quo is in no one’s interest.”

The ultimate goal, he added, is to have the united island in the EU. Christofias said he is ready to “continue the dialogue even during Greek Cyprus’ presidency of the EU Council.” Rompuy also told Greek Cypriot lawmakers that the sharing of natural resources could pave the way to peace, just as coal and steel cooperation between former rivals France and Germany spawned the EU, the Associated Press reported.


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Chris Green

5/30/2012 7:23:16 PM

Mr Levy - you are obviously drinking heavily from the self-filling cup of Greek propaganda of the sort spouted By people like Cyprus is Greek, Kypros & Co. Given that the Ottomans have been on the island since 1571 and the main land Greeks began arriving in number during the latter part of the 19th century and certainly during WW1, there has certainly been Turkish Cypriots on the island for considerably longer than since 1970! The so-called troubles were initiated at the behest of vile Makarious

john albay

5/30/2012 6:10:04 PM

@ Thessalonian There was only one UN plan that was the Aman plan and it was written by the UN and not the Turkish goverment! you greek cypriots voted NO and we Voted yes for re uninification! why do you greek cypriots lie and twist the truth all the time. The EU promised us if we vote yes to help us but your side blocked that as well.Now we in the T R N C are very happy we are apart and we have our own country. All you want is a 100% greek island we have seen through you lies and swindles!


5/30/2012 4:19:58 PM

john albay wrote, "The EU made a great mistake letting in the greek zone after we voted yes and they voted NO to re union." This does not reflect the truth as the Greek Cypriots did not vote against unification but against the apartheid like terms of the ill-fated and multi-amended by Mr. Erdogan, Annan plan. It is all a matter of perspective Mr. Albay, isn't it? Regards

Mark Mark

5/30/2012 4:17:08 PM

@Levent - 'its tuff being a Turkish Cypriot' What? You have it tough in London do you? I know the weather is bad here but you have a job, equal status in society, access to healthcare and education. What do you know about being a Cypriot? You live in a fantasy world. If you really were for a struggle, you would be living in Cyprus pushing for your MP's for a settlement not sitting pretty in London spouting rubbish and lving in a fantasy world. We in the EU are not racist!

Dennis Kavaz

5/30/2012 3:20:00 PM

Mr Rompuy told the Turks to respect the GCs.Cypriots. Yap Mr. Rompuy after signing the 1960 London Zurich agreements; Mr. Mackarios on July/28/1960 told the chairing GCs the “agreements were not legal” on Sept/4/1962 Mackarios gave this notice " until this TCs forming the Turkish race that has been the awful enemy of Greece is cleansed from Cyprus the duty of the GC and EOKA is not done” Mr Rompuy respect and trust and love must be earned. The GCs renegade instead.The gas, sharing it’s a carrot

Mork and Mindy Simpson

5/30/2012 2:11:50 PM

Greeks started murdering the British to force them to leave and then the Turks to force them to accept Enosis The Turks do not have clean hands as prior to the annexation they were busy retaliating and on occasion initiating. Both sides should go back to the constitution document and start there. How can one side unilaterally change the constitution. This would be a joke if people hadn't died


5/30/2012 12:39:29 PM

You first respect the Turkish Cypriots and their rights and their existence in the North of the island in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, than we will respect Greek South Cyprus as well.

kemal H

5/30/2012 11:04:22 AM

How many articles and empty promises have been written by the EU & UN even before the ink is dry thrown into the dustbin of history. The Turkish Cypriot time of salvation from the tyranny of the EU with their broken promises of lifting the isolation on the Turkish Cypriots are fast approaching . Long live TRNC.

Benjamin Levy

5/30/2012 10:35:25 AM

The so called Turkish-Cypriots was moved to Cyprus in the 1970 so how in earth do you explain a occupation on Greek land?? This is a messed up way of Turkish Gov behaving

kemal H

5/30/2012 10:28:54 AM

The picture above is a true rogues gallery but the gentelman on the right and his associates, the gutless EU are the real culprits of the cyprus impasse. What has happened to the promised lifting of isolation if the Turkish cypriots voted yes to the peace plan. We all know the result the Greeks said a big resounding no and stuck two fingers at the EU and the UN, but are enjoying all the benefits of EU membership. 1963-1974=no justice for the Turks in Cyprus. 1974 to present day = Freedom.
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