Government says Turkish attitude not very European
Nicosia, Mar 10 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has described as a non-European attitude a reaction by the Turkish Presidency to cancel an official visit to Finland because the Cypriot Ambassador in Helsinki was also invited to a banquet in his honour and also because the EU criticised police intervention in a recent demonstration in Constantinople.
If this is the true reason for the cancellation of the visit, it is proof of ''a not so European attitude,'' the Spokesman said, commenting on reports in the Turkish press, adding that ''such reactions also show what sort of attitudes prevail in the Turkish capital.''
''This issue causes reactions within the EU against Turkey and the Finnish government has already made clear that it will not withdraw the invitation to the Cypriot Ambassador,'' he added.
According to Turkish daily ''Milliyet,'' President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was scheduled to pay a state visit to Finland between March 14th and 16th.
''However, President Tarja Halonen of Finland invited the Greek Cypriot Ambassador in Helsinki to the banquet to be hosted on March 15th in honour of President Sezer and his wife. Turkey harshly reacted and informed Finland that the Turkish delegation would not partake in the dinner. It was the first crisis. Later, the EU criticised police intervention in a demonstration in Constantinople on Sunday. After all these developments, President Sezer decided to cancel his visit to Finland,'' the Turkish newspaper says.