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CYPRUS AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 448A1: tabled on 27 November 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Tom Cox on 20 November 2001. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

Leave out from 'House' to end and add 'considers that Cyprus is the home of the Turkish Cypriots as well as the Greek Cypriots and that it would be wrong for one section of the population, namely the Greek Cypriots, to be allowed to take the island as a whole into the European Union without the consent of the Turkish Cypriot population and that both parties therefore have a veto in a very real sense as well as a legal right;notes that under the treaty of Guarantee of 1960, accession to the EU is illegal without the consent of all three guarantors, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom; welcomes the invitation to direct talks made by President Denktas to his counterpart in the south, but considers that the offer of EU membership to the Greek Cypriots without agreement between all parties has made a settlement very unlikely; and further considers that the Greek Cypriots are unlikely to negotiate seriously so long as they can keep the status of'Government Cyprus' which they acquired by force in 1963 and can keep the Turkish Cypriots under embargo without any authority under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.'.

Original motion text

That this House welcomes the recent statement by the European Commission that Cyprus can expect to be one of the countries that will enter the European Union in 2004; congratulates the government of the Republic of Cyprus for their perseverance and commitment in working for the entry of their country into the European Union; and deeply regrets the intransigence of Mr Rauf Denktash in repeatedly refusing to accept the offer of President Glafcos Clerides to join him in a joint Greek/Turkish Cypriot commitment for Cyprus' membership of the EU.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.