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Government Spokesman rejects Mr. Talat's claims
2005-06-29 12:18:46

Nicosia, June 29 -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness to begin new talks that would lead to a revised plan, which would take into consideration the concerns of the Greek Cypriot side and would best serve the interests and needs of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots and not third parties.

Commenting yesterday on statements made by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat that President Tassos Papadopoulos was delaying the resumption of talks, Mr Chrysostomides accused Mr Talat of trying to safeguard the interests of the occupying force, namely Turkey.

Rejecting Mr Talat’s claims that the Greek Cypriot side was responsible for the so called “isolation” of the Turkish Cypriots, the Government Spokesman stressed that the Greek Cypriot side had made proposals on the opening the port of Famagusta and it was up to Mr Talat to accept them.

He also called on Mr Talat to see who was, indeed, responsible for the so called “isolation” of the Turkish Cypriots and to “try to be honest with himself and the international community.”

“He should not underestimate our intelligence or that of the Turkish Cypriots or that of the international community,” the Spokesman said, adding that “Mr Talat appears “to have lost his calm but not his arrogance.”

The Spokesman also pointed out that Mr Talat wants the best of both worlds: “on one hand he wants to maintain his regime, to maintain the Turkish occupation, to exploit the Greek Cypriot properties and on the other hand to insist on the upgrading of the pseudostate with the adoption of the regulation for direct trade. He is in fact pursuing recognition through the back door. He cannot possibly believe that something like that is possible.”

Moreover, the government has expressed regret for the fact that almost half of the European Union funds earmarked for the Turkish Cypriot community was at risk of being lost following the failed efforts of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Union to secure an agreement on the two EU regulations (on direct trade with the occupied areas and on the allocation of 259 million euros to the Turkish Cypriots.

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