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Cyprus to use all means to handle US State Department report
2005-03-04 11:34:53

Nicosia, Mar 4 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said Cyprus would use all means available to handle the situation following the publication of the US State Department report on the human rights situation in Cyprus.

The Spokesman told reporters today that at the moment there are no other means apart from the ''public expression of our disappointment on the report's contents.''

Pointing out the representations that have been made, Chrysostomides said these were available through the diplomatic channels.

Asked if the government is considering other measures on a diplomatic level, such as the cancellation of bilateral agreements, he replied that such an issue was not raised.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sotos Zackheos made strong representations on Wednesday to the US Embassy Attache in Cyprus, Edwin Nolan, with regard to the 2004 US State Department report on human rights in Cyprus.

Zackheos described the report as unacceptable and not objective both in relation to its content and to the way it presents the Republic of Cyprus in two parts, with the second titled ''Northern Cyprus'', that deals with the Turkish occupied northern part of the country.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

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