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Cyprus says Turkey violated agreement with EU
2005-06-08 11:21:40

Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) - Cypriot Deputy Government Spokesman Marios Karoyan said today that the Turkish side has violated the agreement and the confidentiality that had been agreed on regarding meetings in Brussels to discuss the issue of EU regulations for the Turkish Cypriots, and tried to exploit it.

Karoyan said the Cypriot government would not break the rule of confidentiality, which was a basic precondition that had been set by the Luxembourg EU presidency regarding these meetings.

He added that the Turkish side's aim, which was now crystal clear, was neither to enhance the financial status of the Turkish Cypriots nor lift the ''isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriots but a conscious effort to upgrade the Turkish occupation regime and gain political advantages.

Karoyan explained that these meetings were held at the initiative of President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos during a meeting he had in Luxembourg with Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker.

This agreement, he noted, contained four basic matters: first that the meetings would be confidential, second that they would be unofficial, third that the possibility of promoting the regulation on direct trade between the EU and the Turkish occupied areas would be examined along with the issue of exploitation of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas and the issue of returning the fenced-off town of Famagusta and other matters of administrative and judicial form, which would not lead to granting political advantages thus upgrading the occupation regime, and fourth that the presidency, the Council, the Commission and the Republic of Cyprus would participate, and that the Turkish Cypriots would be present without any capacities.

''The Turkish side unfortunately violated the agreement and confidentiality that had been agreed, and with an identical written text circulated selectively to specific journalists in Turkey, tried to exploit and at the same time arbitrarily give one-sided characterisations or even titles of capacity of the Turkish Cypriot side,'' he added.

Karoyan pointed out that the Turkish claims did not reflect the truth and thus the EU presidency made statements to restore the facts.

He reaffirmed that the Cypriot government was interested in the economic growth of the Turkish Cypriots and the promotion of financial exchanges between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, as long as they lay within the law and the acquis communautaire, and did not give any status to the Turkish occupation regime.

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