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Cypriot Spokesman critical of Erdogan on reunification
2005-05-04 14:22:07

Nicosia, May 4 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides conveyed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cypriots do not see reunification of the island based on two separate states and separate peoples.

Invited to comment on statements by Erdogan about two separate peoples and states on the island, Chrysostomides said there appeared to be no change in Turkey's stance in this manner.

''Do you see any change of Turkey's stance in this manner?'' he wondered, adding that the first thing Cyprus must convey to Erdogan is that ''we do not see reunification based on two separate states and two separate peoples.''

Chrysostomides also questioned how anyone could evaluate statements like these as a ''step forward.''

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third.

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