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Cyprus makes representations to US over illegal visit
2005-02-14 14:45:04

Larnaca, Feb 14 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou said the government has made representations to the US over a forthcoming visit to the Turkish occupied areas of the US Commercial Attache at the US Embassy in Ankara, escorting an American business delegation.

Invited to comment on statements by his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice, that the United States favoured a solution of the Cyprus issue prior to the island's accession to the EU, Iacovou said ''that's no news'', noting that all those involved in the Cyprus issue knew that the US was expecting a settlement.

In statements yesterday at Larnaca Airport upon departure for Luxemburg, the Cypriot FM wondered whether any American business people will be included in the delegation, noting that the government's objection basically focuses on the fact that a US diplomat will be escorting this delegation, which intends to fly from Turkey to the illegal airport in occupied Tymbou (Ercan).

''As soon we were informed over this visit, without any delay the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made representations to the US Embassy in Nicosia and the State Department, noting that it would be a violation of Cyprus' Law and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council'' said Iacovou.

As regards the US efforts to ease the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, the Foreign Minister said Rice's statement ''we do have multilateral obligations when one starts looking at other measures'' means ''interpreted in plain language that the US is not going to commence direct flights with the occupied areas''.

Asked to comment on a statement by Turkish Premier Tayip Erdogan that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos should meet with so-called premier of the Turkish occupied north Mehmet Ali Talat, Iacovou said ''it would certainly be a golden opportunity for Talat to pass some of his ideas in view of the forthcoming so-called elections''.

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