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US State Department issues warning against buying property in occupied Cyprus
2005-05-18 13:58:04

Washington, DC, May 18 -- The US State Department warned prospective buyers or renters in the occupied part of Cyprus that: "American citizens who buy or lease property, particularly in northern Cyprus, may find their ownership challenged by people displaced in 1974, and advises that prospective buyers seek legal advice before buying."

Meanwhile, Cyprus made strong representations to the US with regard to plans by a US Congressional delegation to visit illegally the country's northern Turkish occupied areas, pointing out that this kind of behavior violates UN resolutions and provokes ill feeling among the Cypriots.

The Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Sotos Zakheos has asked that the delegation members review their decision to enter Cyprus through an illegal port of entry. He also asked that they use the ports or airports in the southern government-controlled part of the island, where the internationally recognized government of the Republic exercises its jurisdiction.

Zakheos told the charge d'affaires of the US embassy in Nicosia, Ed Nolan, that: 'This kind of visit violates Security Council resolutions, provokes public sentiment of the people of Cyprus and follows a series of other unacceptable moves by the US that aim at upgrading the status of the illegal Turkish Cypriot occupation regime.''

"It is unacceptable to sacrifice international law and small states for the sake of political expediency," he added.

He called on members of the US Congress to review their position and visit Cyprus through legal ports of entry so that, apart from safeguarding law and order, they will also have the chance to be briefed by government officials.

''No government or state official of the Republic will accept the US Congress delegation if it arrives through the occupied areas, in violation of Security Council resolutions and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus,'' an official press release said.

Since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the government has declared illegal ports of entry all points of entry into the country in the northern part of the country, where the legal authorities of the state are prevented from exercising their jurisdiction due to the continuing occupation.

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