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Cypriot government sees change of direction in Turkey's policy
2005-06-07 15:21:56

Nicosia, Jun 7 (CNA) -- Cypriot Acting Government Spokesman Marios Karoyan said the government sees contradictions and a change of direction in Turkey's policy on the Cyprus problem, adding that the Turkish side seems to have taken on a defensive stance.

Commenting on Turkish demands, as they were set out in a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan by Turkey's Permanent Representative to the UN, Karoyan said that until recently Turkish officials and the Turkish Cypriot side were saying that they are interested in the reunification of Cyprus the soonest possible, noting however that ''after the initiatives our side took, which started some months ago and brought concrete results over the past few weeks, there was a change in direction.''

Karoyan said the Turkish side ''is giving the impression that reunification, to them, means the acceptance'' of the solution plan proposed by Annan in its latest form, which was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriot side in a referendum in April 2004, while simultaneously accepted by the Turkish Cypriot side.

''I will not hide that our feeling, as that of many other observers, is that the Turkish side is in defence during this period because, with great care and patience, our side took concrete initiatives over the past few months, soundlessly but effectively,'' Karoyan said.

Referring to the content of the Turkish letter to Annan, Karoyan said it clearly indicates the effort to upgrade the Turkish occupation regime with specific clauses that blatantly violate Cyprus' Accession Treaty to the EU.

Karoyan noted that although the Greek Cypriot side is receiving challenges on a daily basis, it remains focused on a fundamental position, which is ''to properly prepare the procedures, so that when the negotiations begin we will be able to have good expectations that the UN Secretary General's new initiative could have a positive outcome.''

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