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Chrysostomides: so called ''customs union'' a continuation of illegality
2003-08-10 00:40:55

Nicosia, Aug 9 (CNA) -- A so-called ''framework agreement for a customs union" between Turkey and the illegal regime of the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus is a continuation of Turkish illegality and a provocation to the European Union, Cyprus government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today.

''That is an effort of getting around the European customs and traditions,'' said Chrysostomides noting that the signing of the agreement will cause problems on Turkey's European aspirations.

Talking about the political and legal basement of the agreement, Chrysostomides said ''the illegal occupation is continuing and the administration of Denktash is nothing else but a subordinate administration of the occupying force, that is an extension of the illegal power of Turkey in the occupied territories.''|

Chrysostomides reminded journalists the UN Resolutions on Cyprus which condemn the declaration of the T/C pseudo-state as well as the Turkish invasion and occupation.

''In this framework of illegality'', Chrysostomides said, ''Turkey -which is responsible for what is happening in the occupied part of Cyprus- has signed actually an agreement with itself.''

The framework agreement could also complicate Ankara's efforts to secure accession talks with the European Union next year, Chrysostomides said.

Commenting on the agreement the press spokesman of the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry Panayiotis Beglitis, sait it is ''a flagrant violation of the International Law principles, of the UN Chart and the Security Council Resolutions as well as of the EU decisions.''

''The signing of the agreement - framework for the customs union between Turkey and the illegal Turkish-Cypriot regime,'' Beglitis said, ''is contrary to the traditional framework of the relations between EU and the Republic of Cyprus and also with the accession candidate, Turkey itself.''

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey also keeps some 30,000 troops on the island.



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