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Cyprus protests to UN over Turkish airspace violations
2005-04-01 11:43:17

United Nations, Apr 1 (CNA) -- Cyprus has strongly protested to the United Nations against mass violations of its airspace and Nicosia FIR by Turkish Air Force planes during February and March 2005.

The island's protest was included in a letter sent by Cyprus Permanent Representatives to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The Cypriot ambassador notes in his letter that those violations constitute a violation of International Law and endanger international civil air navigation.

Mavroyiannis demands the termination of those violations by Turkish warplanes, underlining that the Turkish acts increase tension in the region and prevent efforts being made for reconciliation and reunification of the Cyprus Republic, divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

The Cypriot diplomat says in his letter to Annan that in the light of the start of accession negotiations with the European Union set for 3 October this year, Turkey must review its policy towards the Cyprus problem, comply with numerous UN resolutions on Cyprus and respect the Republic's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

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