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Cyprus wants talks with Turkey on political problem
2005-02-14 14:48:25

Nicosia, Feb 14 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the position of the government remained that ''we want talks with Turkey to discuss the international aspects of the Cyprus problem and the normalisation of relations in the context of the EU.''

Commenting on the invitation Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended to Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos to ''drink the coffee of peace'' with Mehmet Ali Talat, so-called prime minister of the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic, Chrysostomides said this was an issue discussed during the latest European Council in Brussels.

''Unfortunately Mr. Erdogan and the Turkish government seem to insist that the Cyprus problem is merely a bicommunal difference,'' Chrysostomides pointed out and reminded Turkey's continuous efforts to upgrade the occupation regime by bringing up meetings with Talat.

He added that ''Talat cannot open even a single crossing point without the approval of Turkey and the Turkish army.''

Chrysostomides noted that the Cypriot government has repeatedly called for a meeting with Erdogan, a request that has been declined.

''We want talks with Mr. Erdogan because the Cyprus problem is not a bicommunal one. It has international aspects, troops, settlers, guarantees, which we want to discuss with him,'' Chrysostomides explained.

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