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Cyprus assured by Israel of no cooperation with occupied area
2005-05-18 11:54:43

Nicosia, May 18 -- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou said he has received assurances from his Israeli counterpart that there is no possibility that Israel would cooperate with the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

He was also told that Israel does not intend to begin direct flights to and from the occupied areas or visit the port of Famagusta, declared an illegal port of entry into Cyprus.

Speaking after returning from a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Iacovou said his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom rejected reports that his government was cooperating with the illegal regime and said that Israel would observe international legality.

Referring to Israeli investment in occupied Cyprus, Iacovou said Shalom explained that his country acts in line with the positions of European countries and does not encourage such investment.

On his visits to Jerusalem and Ramallah, Iacovou said he had the chance to evaluate with his interlocutors progress in bilateral relations.

He said Israel ranks seventh in terms of exports to Cyprus, whereas Cypriot exports to Israel are at a low level.

Europe sees “Cyprus as an EU member state with common frontiers with Middle East countries and we must be informed and have ideas and views to help Cyprus as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East”, Iacovou said.

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