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Cyprus government welcomes CBMs between Greece and Turkey
2005-04-14 12:11:38

Larnaca, Apr 14 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government welcomes the Confidence Building Measures agreed between Greece and Turkey, Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou has said.

He also noted that ''we have no interest in seeing any tension'' in the relations of the two countries and especially in the Aegean.

Speaking at Larnaca airport, before leaving for Luxembourg, to attend an Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Iacovou noted that ''all Confidence Building Measures between Greece and Turkey will contribute to the disescalation'' of the tension in the Aegean, ''to prevent some accidents'' since as he said many of the airplains engaged in airbattles are armed.

Replying to a question, the Foreign Minister said ''surely the government welcomes these measures'' and assured that ''we have no interest seing tension in the relations between the two countries and especially in the Aegean.''

Invited to comment violations of the Greek airspace by Turkish warships and territorial waters by a Turkish vessel near Imia island, while the Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis was in Ankara, Iacovou said that this is ''a typical Turkish behaviour.''

He also said that in this way ''Turks reassure their positions as regards the Aegean, because Ankara does not accept plenty issues regarding the Greek sovereignty, as for example the airspace and the territorial waters.''

Turkey did the same thing as the one it did when Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis was visiting Ankara, Iacovou noted.

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