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Greek Cypriot politicians criticize T/C leader’s statements
2005-07-21 16:05:26

Nicosia, Jul 21 (CNA) – Greek Cypriot politicians have described statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat as regards the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 as provocative, noting they promote chauvinistic tendencies on the island.

Commenting on Talat's statement that the Turkish invasion in Cyprus was a peace operation and that a Cyprus solution can be only be reached if there is a change in power at the Greek Cypriot side, House President Demetris Christofias expressed sorrow and disappointment.

He added that such statements provoke nationalistic and chauvinistic elements in the society and especially amongst those who do not want a settlement that will include compromises and do not want the government of Cyprus to honour its commitment for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

''Such statements lead to the rejection of a compromise'', said Christofias expressing the belief that ''it should not be Talat's wish to further strengthen such powers in the Greek Cypriot community'', he noted.

Foreign Minister George Iacovou said Talat's statements are unworthy of any comment.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, commenting on Talat's statement for the Turkish occupation, said, “illegal realities cannot create justice nor can they be a basis for a Cyprus solution”.

He noted that according to the ''Treaty of Guarantee, Turkey had no right to unilaterally use military power''. Turkey interrupted the constitutional order and did not restore it'', the Spokesman concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.

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