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Government complains over Denktash's refusal to open school
2003-08-26 23:50:48

Nicosia, Aug 26 (CNA) - The Cypriot government is making representations to the United Nations, the United States and the European Union regarding the refusal of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to allow the operation of the Rizokarpaso Gymnasium in the areas of the island under Turkish occupation.

Presidential Commissioner Polakis Sarris said today that ''once again, Denktash has proven his intransigence'', adding that the Turkish Cypriot leader has given ''no reason'' for his refusal to allow the opening of the school.

''Already, the government has made representations and we intend to make more, especially through the EU, because it is a very serious issue for us'', Sarris said.

He added that he has already spoken to the US Ambassador in Nicosia, who, he said, expressed his disappointment over Denktash's stance.|

Sarris said he made representations to the US Ambassador and the UN, and that representations to the EU would follow shortly.

Replying to questions, Sarris said Denktash's stance would mean that Greek Cypriot children residing in the Turkish-occupied areas would have to leave their families earlier than anticipated and follow their older brothers and sisters to the government-controlled areas.

Sarris said ''this is an indirect way with which Denktash is trying to persecute the enclaved''.

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


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