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House President condemns Turkey - occupation regime
2003-09-03 12:45:42

The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Christofias, has denounced the expulsion by the illegal occupation regime in the north of the two Greek Cypriot teachers who had crossed to occupied Rizokarpaso to prepare the school there for the new academic year.

Mr Christofias said that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was once more giving proof of his intransigent and hard-line stance on the Cyprus problem. "This stance is categorically condemned", he added and noted that the Cyprus Government had already made various representations on the matter.

As regards the issue of Famagusta and in particular, the information that Turkey intended to "hand over" the fenced-off area of Famagusta to the occupation regime which would invite Greek Cypriot refugees to return under Turkish Cypriot administration, Mr Christofias stressed that such action was "unacceptable".

"If Rauf Denktash wanted Famagusta to be settled by its legal inhabitants and send a message of good will, Turkey should have first of all granted Famagusta to the United Nations, as foreseen by the relevant UN resolution, and call on its inhabitants to return", he said.

The Cyprus Government has already made representations to foreign officials in Nicosia and intends to continue protesting on both issues.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sotos Zackheos, and the new Director for the Cyprus problem Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Erato Kozakou Markoulli, held talks yesterday, acting upon instructions from the President of the Republic, with the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief of Mission, Mr Zbigniew Wlosowicz, and a representative of the Italian Presidency of the EU, respectively.

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