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Spokesman: recognition of the Republic not for bargain
2004-10-18 12:46:13

Nicosia, Oct 18 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has made it clear, through its Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, that the recognition by Turkey of the Republic of Cyprus is not an issue that can be bargained.

He also explained that the political settlement in Cyprus is one thing and the recognition by Ankara of the Republic and internal consultations within the European Union is another.

The Spokesman was commenting on reports that there are moves to agree on a package deal at the EU December summit for a solution in Cyprus on one hand and a decision by the EU to start accession negotiations with Turkey on the other. Turkey needs Cyprus' vote to begin membership talks.

Responding to questions, he said that the EU is well aware of the government position on such matters, as it has received the government views in writing.

''I am sure that Turkey is also well aware that certain conditions must be met,'' he added.

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