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Cyprus protests upgrading of Turkish troops with US-made weapons
2005-06-02 12:12:42

Nicosia, June 2 -- Cyprus will protest to the UN moves by the Turkish occupation troops to upgrade its military hardware with US-made weapons which have been brought into the occupied north in the last two weeks of May.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today: ''The occupation army upgrades its hardware all the time and I do not consider this a natural development, bearing in mind in particular the latest efforts to resume negotiations for a political settlement. We shall protest to the UN these moves."

According to press reports, between 16-31 May a Turkish vessel, Karamuselbey, has traveled from Turkey to the occupied port of Famagusta eight times carrying military hardware and personnel. There was a similar move by the Turks back in February with the transfer of US arms to occupied Cyprus.

"The authorities of the Republic can confirm that there is activity at Famagusta port these days and weapons systems are being unloaded,'' the spokesman said.

Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and still maintains thousands of troops in the northern part of the island.

Meanwhile, a new National Security Policy document by Turkey indicates that Cyprus is considered of first-degree importance to the country's security.

Istanbul NTV broadcast this week that the drafting of the National Security Policy Document, which outlined priorities related to threats to Turkey's internal and external security, has been completed and will be given its final form at the National Security Council (NSC) meeting on 21 June.

On Cyprus, the document states that it is of first-degree importance to Turkey's security and that rights there will never be given up. The document also lists Iraq and Iran among risky regions that create uncertainty for Turkey.

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