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AMEX and Oracle deny participation in trade mission
2005-02-18 11:13:42

Nicosia, Feb 18 (CNA) --

Two US companies, American Express and Oracle, have denied that their representatives have participated in a trade delegation to Turkish occupied Cyprus to explore business opportunities.

Both companies informed the Cyprus government that press reports to the contrary are inaccurate.

Referring to media coverage listing AMEX as one of a group of companies in the trade mission, Vice President and Public Affairs officer Susan Atran said ''please note that this information is inaccurate.''

''While we were invited to attend, we declined and were included in the list by mistake,'' she said.

Her letter was in response to a letter by Cyprus' commercial attache in New York Denis Droushiotis pointing out that the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus is ''a fictitious entity with no legal standing whatsoever'' and that the international community, including the US, recognises the Republic of Cyprus as the sole legitimate government with sovereignty over the entire island.

Vice President of Oracle Alfonso Di Ianni, in a letter to Foreign Minister George Iacovou, said the firm had never taken a formal decision to participate in such a visit and pointed out that the company respects Cyprus legislation and European Union law.

The trade delegation was accompanied by the Ankara commercial attache at the US embassy, a move that was condemned by the island's political leadership as unacceptable and contrary to international law and order.

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