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Cyprus tells EU of Turkish intentions for ''customs union''
2003-08-06 16:59:01

Nicosia, Aug 6 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the Cyprus government has brought to the EU's attention the intention of the Turkish occupation regime and Turkey to sign an ''agreement'' for a so-called ''customs union'' between them.

Chrysostomides said the government has raised the issue of the impact this illegal action will have on the EU-Turkey customs union agreement, adding that the matter will also be taken to the United Nations.|

''The government has already raised the issue with the EU, mainly to examine how this illegal measure affects Turkey's customs union with the EU. The matter will also be raised before the UN'', he said.

The Spokesman noted that Turkey's actions indicate yet again her policy of support to the Turkish occupation regime in Cyprus.

Replying to questions, the Spokesman said these actions were probably a reaction to Cyprus' accession to the EU.

Asked if the government had assessed the implementation of measures to support the Turkish Cypriots, Chrysostomides said this was done periodically, noting that there would be no further measures yet.

He added that there were some difficulties in the implementation of current measures, mainly due to Turkish demands.

Replying to questions, Chrysostomides said EU officials were expected on the island in September for production monitoring purposes, in order to facilitate trade.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/MM/RG/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY


06/08/2003

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