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Chrisostomides: Turkey must recognise international realities
2003-04-17 09:52:38

By Maria Koniotou-- Athens, Apr 17 (CNA) -- The status quo in Cyprus is definitely temporary and Turkey has to realise this, recognise the island's illegal occupation, an insult against international law and its own European perspective, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides told CNA here today.

Commenting on a statement yesterday by Turkish Foreign Ministry that Turkey does not recognise the Accession Treaty Cyprus signed yesterday with the European Union, Chrisostomides said ''Turkey seems to ignore international realities and remains isolated.''|

?With the signing of the Accession Treaty, the EU has voted for the reunification of the island,'' said the Spokesman, noting that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash insists ''fanatically and intransigently in his secessionist philosophy''.

This anachronistic philosophy, he added, ''was unfortunately supported by the Turkish Foreign Ministry'', noting that the same power that occupies part of the Cyprus Republic, a responsibility recognised by international courts, does not seem to recognise these diplomatic realities of International Law.

The Cypriot official said undoubtly the Cyprus Republic maintains its continuity in the International Law as an equal member of the society of nations, especially now as an equal member of the European Union.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

CNA MK/KN/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
17/04/2003

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