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Brussels talks fail due to Turkish stance
2005-06-21 15:37:11

Nicosia, Jun 21 -
Cyprus' Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said that the stance of the Turkish Cypriot side and its insistence on its positions led recent talks on the EU regulations for the Turkish Cypriots to a failure.

He added that the Turkish Cypriot side wanted its demands to be met before it even discussed opening the fenced-off area of Famagusta.

He also dismissed Turkish Cypriot press reports that the Greek Cypriot side was negative during recent talks in Brussels. ''I wish to categorically dismiss this. I wish to say that the Luxembourg presidency acted tirelessly and objectively and made every effort to reach a solution, which the Cypriot government notes with gratitude,'' he added.

''The whole effort failed due to the insistence of the Turkish Cypriot side on its positions, he stressed.''

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side rejected a proposal from the Turkish Cypriot side to receive Famagusta in exchange for direct trade between the EU and the Turkish occupied areas of the island and the operation of the town's port by the Turkish Cypriots, Chrysostomides said ''the stance of the Turkish side was 'what's ours is ours and what's yours is also ours'.''

''What they asked for is for the adoption of the two regulations on financing and direct trade beforehand, the opening of ports and airports and, if this was done, then they would be willing to discuss the issue of Varosha, namely the opening of the closed town of Famagusta,'' the Spokesman pointed out.

He added that Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said a couple of days ago that it was not possible to open Famagusta because this would obstruct a Cyprus settlement.

Asked if efforts for direct trade would continue under the British presidency of the EU and if Britain had any proposal to make, Chrysostomides said he had no official information on this.

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