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Cypriot Defence Minister: Turkey's accession passes through Cyprus
2003-11-06 17:09:50

Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus' Defence Minister Kyriakos Mavronikolas has called on Ankara to realise that its accession to the European Union passes through a political settlement in Cyprus.

His comments come in the wake of an EU warning to Turkey that the absence of a solution in Cyprus could become a ''serious obstacle'' in Ankara's European aspirations.

''Following the EU Strategy Paper on Turkey, Ankara should now realise more than at any other time in past that its own accession passes through a solution of the Cyprus question,'' the minister said, invited to comment on the Commission's assessment of Turkey's attempts to align itself with the EU acquis.

The government, he added, expects that there would be pressure on Turkey and that Ankara would adopt new policies to help resolve problems it has created in this part of the world.

Replying to questions, he said there is no information about possible provocative actions next week, when Ankara's puppet regime in occupied Cyprus will mark the anniversary of its establishment on 15 November 1983.

''However, I would not rule that out, there may be some provocative moves,'' he added.

He said that the Greek Cypriot side does not respond to such provocations but it will continue its effort to solve the Cyprus question.

The UN Security Council has described as ''legally invalid'' the unilateral declaration of independence by the Turkish Cypriots in November 1983 and called on all states not to recognise any other state than the Republic of Cyprus.

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