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Spokesman says Luxembourg's positions reflect Cyprus'
2005-03-16 14:28:05

Nicosia, Mar 16 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that remarks made yesterday by Luxembourg's Prime Minister, who is presiding over the European Council, Jean Claude Juncker reflected the positions of the Greek Cypriot side and efforts to create the right context for the recommencement of talks to solve the Cyprus problem and reunify the island.

Juncker had said that efforts should be made to create the circumstances for a Cyprus settlement and that the dialogue should be held between Cypriots and Turks.

The Spokesman said that ''due to the presence of occupation troops, due to the control Turkey has over its local administration in the occupied part of Cyprus, the real interlocutor, the real partner in efforts to find a settlement is Turkey.''

He added that talks should be held in the context of the UN between the leaders of the two communities, with the involvement of other powers on issues regarding international relations.

Commenting on information that Turkey would be signing the protocol extending its customs union to the ten new members of the EU, Chrysostomides said the government only knew that the protocol ''has been neither signed nor initialed.''

The European Commission has repeatedly called on Ankara to sign the protocol the soonest possible, so as to give time for preparations in view on the commencement of Turkey's EU accession negotiations on October 3.

Referring to the reasons behind the delay in signing the protocol, Chrysostomides said it was obvious Turkey was seeking ways to continue its policy on Cyprus.

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