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Iacovou says Europeans dismiss Denktash's positions
2003-05-03 19:13:33

Nicosia, May 2 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Iacovou said today that European counterparts of his dismiss as unfounded the positions expressed by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots cannot live peacefully together.

Iacovou told CNA from Rhodes, where he is participating in the Informal Council of Foreign Ministers of the 25 EU members that his European counterparts showed great interest in the situation after the government announced a package of measures to support Turkish Cypriots.|

He said he briefed the European Foreign Ministers on the situation after the Turkish occupation regime decided last week to ease the restrictions on the free movement of Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the island, saying that he presented Turkey's motives in their true colours.

''What the European Ministers noted was that the lies of Denktash in the past that Greek and Turkish Cypriots cannot live together are totally unfounded arguments'', Iacovou said, adding that ''everyone has realised this''.

Iacovou said that during the first day of the session in Rhodes, the Ministers discussed the Middle East and the post-war situation in Iraq.

He added that after the signing of its Accession Treaty with the EU last month, Cyprus participates actively in all EU institutions.

CNA/GS/RG/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
02/05/2003

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