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German official says Ankara must recognise Cyprus Republic
2004-11-29 10:15:24

Nicosia, Nov 25 (CNA) - President of the European Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag Matthias Wissmann said today that the non-recognition of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey was totally in contradiction with Ankara's obligations towards the EU.

Official sources told CNA that Wissmann was speaking during a meeting in Berlin with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem and Turkey's EU accession bid in view of the December 17 European Council, which will decide whether or not to give Turkey a date to commence negotiations.

Wissmann also put forward various questions to Iacovou on the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus, since 1974 when Turkey invaded the island.

The German official said it was impossible for a candidate country to maintain occupation troops in an EU member state.

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