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British Foreign Secretary: Turkey has a duty to recognise Cyprus
2005-02-08 10:36:39

Nicosia, Feb 8 (CNA) -- Turkey has a duty, within the European Union framework, to recognise the Cyprus Republic, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said, assuring that the British government has no intention of giving any kind of recognition to the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime in Cyprus' Turkish occupied areas.

Stro was speaking at a meeting on Monday in London with a delegation of the National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom.

A Federation press release said the delegation discussed with Stro the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and outlined a series of issues related to British policy on Cyprus.

The delegation expressed serious concerns for actions of the British government that seem to promote secessionist tendencies in Cyprus, by-passing the legal government of the Cyprus Republic.

The press release noted Stro ''replied to issues raised and assured that the British government does not intend to give any kind of recognition to the occupying regime, underlying that Turkey is obliged, within the EU framework, to recognize the Cyprus Republic.''

The Federation's delegation comprised its President Haris Sofoklides, its Vice Presidents Michalis Ellinas, Andreas Papaevripidis and Christodoulos Stylianou and its Executive Secretary Andreas Karaolis.

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