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Cox: Europe has to respond to "extraordinary move" in Cyprus
2003-05-15 17:13:00

By Nicos Markides Strasbourg, May 15 (CNA) European Parliament President, Pat Cox, described the ease of restrictions in the freedom of movement in Cyprus as an extraordinary move noting that Europe has to respond to the peoples' revolution.

Asked by CNA in Strasbourg, after the inauguration of Lycee Marie Curie, to comment on the expectations of the Cyprus people for a European initiative to solve the Cyprus problem, Cox replied:

"I think we need to be careful about multiple initiatives respectful of the necessity for the two communities to come together.''|

Cox said we recognise that something big has happened, when we saw the frontiers opening whatever the policy is- the people responded with their hearts and with their feelings.''

"It has been such an extraordinary move and yet we have got to respond to the peoples’ revolution," he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island’s territory.

The illegal regime in the occupied areas announced last month a partial lifting of restrictions in the freedom of movement, which were imposed by the regime after the invasion.


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