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Spokesman says Turkey's dealings with regime illegal
2003-08-05 12:32:51

Nicosia, Aug 5 (CNA) - Whatever dealings take place between Turkey and the occupation regime are illegal, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today, when invited to comment on reports about the imminent announcement of a ''customs union'' between Turkey and the regime in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus.

Asked what the government intends to do, the Spokesman said ''Cyprus' permanent appeal to all directions over the illegality of the occupation and our demand to end the occupation will continue until the Cyprus problem is solved and the illegality of the occupation ceases''.|

Chrysostomides said Turkey is ''the only country that recognises the illegal regime and any dealings that take place between Turkey and the occupation regime are part of the wider framework of occupation on the one hand, and the illegal declaration of the regime on the other''.

''There is no way to control these dealings'', he said, adding that ''from the very first day of the invasion and occupation there has been a regime which is being ruled by the law of armed conflict. The same regime continues to exist today. Whatever dealings take place between Turkey and the occupation regime are part of a framework of illegality'', the Spokesman added.

Chrysostomides further said these dealings were ''proof of the support of the Denktash policy by the official Turkey''.

According to Turkish media, Turkey is proceeding with the signing of a ''customs union'' with the regime, reacting to Cyprus' signing of the Accession Treaty with the EU.

For this reason, the so-called ''association council'' between Turkey and the occupation regime will convene on Friday with the participation of five ministers from Turkey, who will pay an illegal visit to the occupied areas of the island.

The Turkish Cypriot unilateral declaration of independence was declared ''legally invalid'' by UN Security Council resolution 541 of November 1983, which called on all states not to recognise the self-styled regime and not to facilitate it in any way.

CNA/KN/EC/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
05/08/2003

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