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Greek Cypriots cannot give validity to T/C ''authorities''
2003-04-22 12:30:30

Nicosia, Apr 22 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides has said it is unthinkable for the Greek Cypriots to give validity to the Turkish Cypriot ''authorities'' by presenting their passport or by signing any document, in the form of a permit, to move about the island.

Commenting on the ''illegal'' decision by the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime to lift restrictions on the movement of people to and from the island's northern Turkish-occupied areas and the southern government-controlled part of the Republic, Chrisostomides said this move aims at creating impressions for obvious reasons, diverting the attention of the international public opinion from the negative stand of the Turkish side and at pre-empting the measures for the Turkish Cypriots to be announced and implemented by the government.|

The government of Cyprus has said it would announce measures to support Turkish Cypriots when these can be implemented immediately by the government, in the first two weeks of May.

In a written statement, Chrisostomides recalled that any decisions made by the occupation regime are illegal, on the basis of international law, the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the international judiciary decisions, which underline that the administration in the occupied areas of Cyprus is only a local subordinate administration to the occupying power, Turkey, which continues to violate flagrantly the international norms through the continuing presence of the occupying troops in Cyprus.

The spokesman noted that the firm policy of the government of the Republic of Cyprus is to ensure the free movement of all the lawful citizens throughout the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

''In fact, the human right of free movement of all the lawful citizens throughout the territory was and remains a firm demand of the government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus,'' he added.

Chrisostomides said ''the restrictions imposed by the occupying regime are illegal. Therefore, we welcome any development which ends the illegality,'' and noted the formalities requested by the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus concern mainly those who illegally enter or live in the occupied areas.

''For the lawful Turkish Cypriot citizens these formalities will be kept down to the minimum and they will be allowed to move freely when they prove that they are indeed lawful citizens of the Republic of Cyprus,'' Chrisostomides said.

He said, through this announcement, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash aims at showing that, allegedly, he exercises separate sovereignty over the occupied areas and that they constitute a separate state.

It is for this reason that, for the Greek Cypriots' movement to the occupied areas, he demands that they present a ?passport? as if it is a visit to a foreign ?state?.

''It is unthinkable for the Greek Cypriots to give validity to the Turkish Cypriot authorities by presenting their passport or by signing any document in the form of a permit to move about'', Chrisostomides noted.

Furthermore he repeated ''that our aim is the termination of the occupation and the reunification of our country, with a workable and viable solution of the problem, for the benefit of all the lawful citizens of Cyprus within the European Union.''

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

CNA/MK/MM/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

22/04/2003

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