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Spokesman says Erdogan's visit a provocation
2003-11-17 09:44:09

Nicosia, Nov 17 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has described Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illegal visit to the Turkish-occupied areas of the Republic as a provocation to the international community, noting that the international community should direct its efforts to Turkey if it wants to curb its intransigence and proceed with the solution of the Cyprus problem.

''After this visit, it should be clear to all of us what Turkey's policy is'', the Spokesman said and reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's will to reach a settlement before May 2004, when Cyprus will become a full member of the EU. He added however that ''Erdogan's statements create a pessimism and a slimmer chance of solving the Cyprus problem by then''.

Chrysostomides said Erdogan's visit ''is a provocation to the international community, and the international community should direct its efforts in the right direction, that is in the direction of Turkey, if it wants to curb her intransigence and proceed with the solution of the Cyprus problem''.

Asked if Erdogan's visit dispersed any hope of reaching a settlement by May 2004, Chrysostomides said ''we continue to insist that a solution is necessary before May 1, 2004''.

''Erdogan's statements create a pessimism and a slimmer chance of solving the Cyprus problem by then. However, our determined efforts will continue in all directions'', he added.

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