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Signing of protocol also means implementation, says Cyprus government
2005-04-05 11:42:23

Nicosia, Apr 5 (CNA) -- The signing by Turkey of the protocol expanding its customs union agreement with the ten new EU member-states, including Cyprus, also provides for implementation of the protocol and this has been confirmed by the European Commission officials said here Tuesday Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.

The Spokesman was invited to comment press reports suggesting that Germany is promoting a formula providing for an extension of at least one year of the protocol’s implementation after Turkey signs it.

Chrysostomides repeated the government position that “the signing of the protocol also means implementation”, adding “this was confirmed by the European Commission with statements by its officials”.

The Cypriot official said he did not want to further discuss the issue, in anticipation of further developments. “Turkey has yet to sign the protocol”, he noted.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus' northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus and has said that its announcement that it will sign the protocol extending its customs union agreement to all ten new EU members, including Cyprus, does not signify recognition of the Cyprus Republic.

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