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Petty politics in occupied north do not affect us, says Cyprus FM
2004-10-21 09:54:29

Larnaca, Oct 21 (CNA) -- All important decisions regarding the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus are taken in Ankara and therefore any petty politics tossing about, do not affect the course of our matters, Foreign Minister George Iacovou has stated, commenting on the resignation of so-called premier Mehmet Ali Talat.

Responding to questions on the presence of US experts in the occupied areas in order to check security measures at the illegal airport ''Ercan'', at the Turkish-occupied Tymbou village, Iacovou said that the Greek Cypriot side considers this to be an unnecessary act, noting that ''the role of the US is not to check airports and especially airports that are illegal''.

This specific act is related to a certain policy followed by the US State Department aimed to relieve the Turkish Cypriot community from ''isolation'', ''an approach our side disagrees with since this has nothing to do with the creation of independent institutions but with the use of the institutions of the Cyprus Republic.''

Speaking on his return from Cairo where he was received by Egypt's President Mohamed Hosny Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Abul Ghelt, he noted it was a very interesting visit, adding that ''Cyprus shares high level relations with Egypt, a friendly state whish is traditionally supporting our positions and this was confirmed once more at all levels''.

As regards his meeting later today with British Minister of Europe Dennis MacShein, Iacovou said that there is ''a big agenda with six, seven political issues''.

He said that these issues are the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, the EU Regulations for the Turkish Cypriots, Turkey's European aspirations and other social issues in which Cyprus has disagreements with the UK within the EU.This specific act is related to a certain policy followed by the US State Department aimed to relieve the Turkish Cypriot community from ''isolation'', ''an approach our side disagrees with since this has nothing to do with the creation of independent institutions but with the use of the institutions of the Cyprus Republic.''

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