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Cyprus Government evaluates results of voting in occupied Cyprus
2005-04-18 13:59:49

Nicosia, Apr 18 -- On Monday, one day after the voting in Turkish-occupied Cyprus, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said in a written statement: "The Cyprus Government expresses hope that the Turkish Cypriot leadership around Mr Mehmet Ali Talat will respond to the challenge before it to contribute, to the extent it concerns it, to the achievement of a just and viable solution the soonest possible.''

He added: ''The termination of the presence of Mr Rauf Denktash in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community constitutes a significantly positive development. What remains to be seen is in which way and how much will the changes in the Turkish Cypriot community leadership affect future developments."

''The Government hopes that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership around Mr. Talat will respond positively to our invitation and call for the creation of the necessary conditions for the resumption of a renewed negotiation process, under the auspices of the Secretary-General and in accordance with the Security Council resolutions, which, after the necessary preparation, will be able to lead to the desired solution of a united Cyprus where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will live in peace, democracy and prosperity,'' Chrysostomides stressed.

He assured that ''we remain firmly committed to a just, functional and viable solution of a bicommunal, bizonal federation based on international law, in conformity with the fundamental principles of the European Union and the acquis communautaire, which will secure the unity of the state, its institutions, the society and the economy.''

Chrysostomides reiterated ''that the legal and political position of the Government vis a vis the voting in the occupied areas remains the same as that of the international community and the United Nations Security Council, which is expressed in its relevant resolutions, mainly resolution 550 (1984), which describes such ‘elections’ as secessionist acts aiming at consolidating the division of our country.''

He also pointed out that the developments in the occupied areas should be examined within the political framework in which they take place.

''It should not be forgotten that the illegal regime that Turkey has created in the occupied areas and its population-which is a product of a demographic violence- is financially sustained and politically and militarily controlled by Turkey mainly through the active illegal presence of more than 35.000 Turkish troops and through the political control of the Turkish settlers who have long outnumbered the Turkish Cypriots. It is, therefore, impossible that Turkish Cypriots may express their free political will independently from Turkey,'' he said.

Chrysostomides also said that ''nevertheless, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus believes that following Cyprus’ accession to the European Union and the EU’s decision to accord Turkey a date for commencement of accession negotiations, Cypriots can look forward to the future with greater confidence and optimism.''

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