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Socialist leader leaves for Brussels to attend PSE meeting
2004-12-15 09:57:11

Larnaca, Dec 15 (CNA) -- Socialist EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirou said that the message that has to be conveyed to Turkey is that its European course “goes through the demolition of the dividing wall” in Cyprus.

He was speaking to reporters before his departure for Brussels to attend the meeting of the Party of the European Socialists, ahead of the European Council summit 16-17 December.

Omirou said he will inform his colleagues on the Cyprus Republic’s views as regards to the final conclusions of the European Council, that Turkey should recognise Cyprus and establish a connection between the substance of the Cyprus problem and Turkey’s European course.

He said that during the November Madrid meeting of the European Socialist Party leaders, the Socialists adopted a provision in their declaration, which talked about Turkey’s obligation to recognise the Republic of Cyprus as well as a roadmap where Turkey will commit to withdrawing its occupation forces, and to pursue a solution to the Cyprus problem based on international and European law principles.

Omirou said he will pursue a meeting with Greek opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou and inform as many socialist leaders as possible to incorporate the relevant provision in the EU summit conclusions.

The Socialist leader said that the message that has to be conveyed to Turkey is that its European course “goes through the demolition of the dividing wall. That Turkey cannot proceed in a substantial manner in its European integration if it does not behave in a European manner and respond to the rules of law valid in the EU”.

“For this reason, the existence of a dividing wall, the existence of occupation forces and the violation of human rights in Cyprus is contrary to Turkey’s European course”, Omirou concluded.

Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974 in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

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