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Spokesman says Turkish statements prove intransigence
2005-01-26 11:56:23

Nicosia, Jan 26 (CNA) Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said a statement by Turkish Land Forces Commander General Yasar Buyukanit that Turkey would not withdraw even a single soldier from Cyprus unless there was a lasting settlement ''reaffirms Ankara's intransigence.''

Speaking at his daily briefing, Chrysostomides said this statement ''proves false yet once again those who believed in a change in Turkish policy.''

Furthermore ''it is a provocative answer to all those who suggested Turkey made gestures of good will for the promotion of the efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement.''

''Usually these suggestions involve the withdrawal of Turkish troops, something that would assist a solution,'' the Spokesman said.

At the same time, he concluded, the government has made ''a series of practical gestures that really help the atmosphere of cooperation and mutual understanding as well as efforts for the resumption of a procedure for a final solution of the Cyprus problem.''

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