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Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

MEP Eleni Theocharous said that the pri­or­i­ties of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee are the cri­sis in Ukraine, as well as the wor­ry­ing de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Is­lamic State.

Ad­dress­ing the first of six press brief­ings where the Cypriot MEPs will present their goals for the next five-year term in Par­lia­ment fol­low­ing their elec­tion last May, Theocharous said that on the EU-Turkey di­a­logue the prospects are grim, fol­low­ing an EPP res­o­lu­tion and the po­si­tion of the new Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean Claude Juncker, who sup­ports no new en­large­ment in the next five years. The MEP also re­ferred to a re­cent meet­ing she had with Turkey’s am­bas­sador to the EU, Se­lim Yenel, with whom she raised the is­sue of the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent’s state­ments re­gard­ing the in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of set­tle­ment ac­tiv­ity in the oc­cu­pied ar­eas in the north of Cyprus.

Theocharous said that she told Yenel that the con­tin­u­a­tion of Ankara’s pol­icy vis-à-vis Cyprus does not serve Turkey’s Euro­pean as­pi­ra­tions.

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