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Cypriot parties condemn "agreement" between Turkey and illegal regime
2003-08-11 19:01:48

Nicosia, Aug 11 (CNA) -- Cypriot political parties have strongly criticised the ''framework agreement for a customs union” signed on Friday between Turkey and the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cprus.

The parties branded the signing of the so-called agreement ''illegal'' and urged European political groups and institutions to react to this provocative act.|

Leftwing AKEL party spokesman Andros Kyprianou said this is an illegal act, which is against the relevant UN Resolutions and in defiance of a peace plan put forward by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with an aim to achieve a comperegensive solution to the longstanding Cyprus problem.

He said the signing of the ''framework agreement'' raises many questions regarding Turkey's intentions about its European Union aspirations.

Opposition rightwing Democratic Rally party President Nicos Anastasiades noted that the ''framework agreement for a customs union” exposes Turkey to the EU.

Anastasiades said he will denounce this illegal and provocative act to the European People's Party (EPP), of which his party is a member.

This ''agreement'' is meaningless since Turkey is the occupation power in the island's northern territory.

Socialdemocrat EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou has sent letters to European Socialist Party President Robin Cook and European Parliament Socialist Group President Baron Crespo denouncing the signing of the ''agreement'' between Turkey and the bogus-state.

Omirou asked for the intervention of the European Socialists and the reaction teh EU appropriate institutions.

First Vice-President of United Democrats George Christofides said the ''agreement'' between Turkey and the Denktash regime is ''an another indication of the contradictory policy Ankara follows on the Cyprus problem.''

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


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