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Cypriot President verifies new weaponry in occupied areas
2005-02-23 15:55:12

Larnaca, Feb 23 (CNA) -- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos verified here tonight that Turkey has sent weaponry to the Turkish occupied northern areas of the island.

Speaking on arrival for Brussels, where he participated in the EU-US Summit, President Papadopoulos also referred to Turkey's obsession to intervene and prevent the island's participation in organisations, for instance the agreement on ''Free Skies.''

Responding to a question on reports that the Turkish occupation army has received new weaponry from Turkey, the President said that the so-called premier of the pseudostate Mehmet Ali Talat is dismissing these reports and describes the situation as ''upgrading, improvement and replacement'' of the existing weapons.

Commenting on Talat's statement for a meeting between the two of them to discuss the Cyprus problem, the President stressed that efforts for a Cyprus solution are under the UN umbrella, because it is an international problem and not a bicommunal difference.

As regards his first meeting with European Union Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn, he said they discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem as well as the EU regulations, pending before the EU Council of ministers, regarding financial aid towards the Turkish Cypriots and direct trade between the Union and Cyprus' northern Turkish occupied areas.

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