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Media Watch 2005

21 April 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
Author: Alex Efthyvoulos
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 21 April 2005.
Settlement must comply with EU Constitution says Iacovou
"THE adoption of the Constitution of the European Union will prove of major importance for Cyprus since any settlement of the Cyprus problem must comply with it's provisions, Foreign Minister George Iacovou said yesterday... ""The EU Constitution lays down some standards that no negotiator and no third party may ignore. Consequently the (Cyprus) settlement that will be reached cannot derogate from these basic standards and fundamental principles of the Union. I would say that this is what is essentially meant by what is described as `European settlement of the Cyprus problem.''"

THE adoption of the Constitution of the European Union will prove of major importance for Cyprus since any settlement of the Cyprus problem must comply with it's provisions, Foreign Minister George Iacovou said yesterday.

He explained that "the special significance" for Cyprus emanates from the fact "there may not be any derogations from the constitutional framework."

"I believe that every one of us realises the importance of the constitution especially for Cyprus and in connection with a Cyprus settlement," Iacovou said in a lecture analysing the constitution and its importance.

A major provision of the Constitution is that it incorporates in its text the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights and basic Freedoms, Iacovou said. he explained that as a result this "widens the framework of the protection of the rights of the EU citizens, beyond the traditional treaties like the European Convention of Human Rights of the Council of Europe.''

He did not say so himself, but his statement that there can be no derogations from the Constitution, means clearly that its adoption will automatically neutralise those provisions of the controversial Annan Plan that violate the EU acquis and fundamental human rights.

Iacovou drove this point home by saying that "The EU Constitution lays down some standards that no negotiator and no third party may ignore. Consequently the (Cyprus) settlement that will be reached cannot derogate from these basic standards and fundamental principles of the Union. I would say that this is what is essentially meant by what is described as `European settlement of the Cyprus problem.''

In his lengthy lecture Iacovou said that the accession of Cyprus to the EU in effect "placed the future of our country and of the people on new multifaceted bases.''."