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Papadopoulos, Verheugen and Christofias condemn bomb attack against Talat
2004-02-19 15:36:25

Nicosia, Feb 19 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has condemned the bomb attack against the residence of the Republican Turkish Party leader and so-called prime minister of the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus Mehmet Ali Talat, that occurred just hours before the resumption of UN-led direct talks between the two communities aiming at a Cyprus settlement by May 1st, 2004.

The attack was also condemned here by EU Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, who said that nobody can stop the negotiations process now and ''certainly nobody can stop it with violence''.

Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias also denounced the bomb attack, noting that everyone could express their views but not with violence.

Invited to comment on the bomb attack President Papadopoulos said that ''all bomb attacks, all actions of violence are condemnable irrelevant of the reasons for which they are made and the person which they are targeting''.

Verheugen said after his meeting today with Papadopoulos that he was informed this morning about the attack.

''It is regrettable. We know exactly from where it comes. These are extremist circles in the Turkish Cypriot community, which want to prevent the majority of the t/c community to find a settlement. This is to be condemned very very strongly but I don't believe the attack is a sign of the mood of the T/C citizens,'' he added.

''I think nobody can stop the process now and certainly nobody can stop it with violence,'' the EU Commissioner stressed.

Christofias, who also met Verheugen this morning, referring to the attack said that these are ''bad news that remind us of the past.''

He said all views are legitimate and that everyone can express their views but without exercising violence.

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