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Christofias calls on Erdogan to recognise responsibilities
2003-05-09 12:00:33

Nicosia, May 9 (CNA) - President of the Cyprus House of Representatives Demetris Christofias has called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to recognise Turkey's responsibility for the situation in Cyprus and to indicate to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that the semi-measures he has been applying will not lead to the recognition of the regime in the Turkish occupied areas of the island.

Christofias described Erdogan as a ''contemporary politician'' and said the Turkish Prime Minister, who is conducting an illegal ''visit'' to the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus here Friday, should say ''mea culpa for his country and realise that Cyprus must regain its independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty through a bizonal, bicommunal federation solution''.

He added that Erdogan had an obligation to point out to Denktash that the Turkish Cypriot leader ''should not dream that the semi-measures he is applying will become permanent and lead to the recognition of two separate states''.|

Erdogan should also ''push Denktash to understand that he must return to talks under UN auspices to negotiate constructively on the basis of the Annan plan so as to bring about the reunification of our country and people''.

Christofias reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to negotiate towards a Cyprus settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Negotiations to reach a settlement collapsed earlier this year, when Denktash refused to put to a referendum the solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. In late April, the Turkish occupation regime eased the restrictions on the free movement of citizens on the island.


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