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Spokesman says Talat confirms substance of Brussels meeting
2005-07-12 14:35:57

Nicosia, Jul 12 (CNA) -- Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the substance of what was said at the recent meeting in Brussels on EU regulations to strengthen the Turkish Cypriots and the issue of the fenced-off area of Varosha, was confirmed by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

Chrysostomides said that at the meeting the Turkish Cypriot side requested the opening of ports and airports, and participation in cultural and sports activities internationally, and only then would it discuss the issue of Varosha, under the precondition that 95% of the area belonged to EVKAF, a Turkish Moslem religious trust, adding that ''this must be brought before a court.''

The Spokesman said Talat's remarks, published today in the Turkish Cypriot press, proved previous government statements about what was said in the Brussels meeting.

He added that ''Talat confirms what we had said, saying that they asked for everything apart from recognition'' of the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas, that is ''the opening of the ports and airports, and participation in cultural and sports events worldwide.''

Regarding Varosha, Chrysostomides referred to Talat's statement that ''95% now belongs to EVKAF and Turkey knew this but did not concede to the discussion of this issue.''

''This proves what we had said in the past about what was said there and the fact that the Turkish occupation administration is under the total control of the occupying power, that is Turkey,'' the Spokesman concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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