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Cyprus hopes Azerbaijan will review decision on direct flights
2005-08-01 17:18:26

Nicosia, Aug 1 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Government is looking into the spectrum of its relations with Azerbaijan, hoping that it will review its decision for direct flights to the occupied areas and will respect international law and the sovereignty of the Cyprus Government, Cyprus Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sotos Zackheos has told CN?.

Invited to comment on the illegal landing of an Azerbaijani aircraft at the airport in Turkish occupied Tymbou, Zackheos noted that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Communications and Works George Iacovou and Haris Thrasou respectively, have sent letters of representation to their Azerbaijani counterparts.

The Cyprus Government has also informed the International Organisation of Civil Aviation and Eurocontrol on the issue and these organisations and countries, which are friendly to Cyprus, have made representations to Baku.

''The Cyprus Government is also looking into Bakuís relations with the EU and has already stated and decided that the EUís action plan with Azerbaijan cannot proceed until this country respects international law,'' he added.

Eurocontrol has also postponed a scheduled meeting of regional cooperation that was due to take place in Ukraine with the participation of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine because of the illegal flights to the pseudostate.

Cyprus has also expressed its disagreement with Azerbaijan's intention to become member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Asked how the issue of the political conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabah region is associated, Zackheos said ''the Cyprus Government is examining the whole spectrum of its relations with Azerbaijan, hoping that this country will review its decision on the direct flights and will respect international law and the sovereignty of the Cyprus Republic.''

''The Cyprus Government wants the development of relations (with Baku). The Republic of Cyprus depends its policy on the development of bilateral relations with all countries on the basis of the respect of international law and the principles of the UN Charter. At the same time, the principle of mutuality is taken into consideration at the countriesí interstate relations,'' he concluded.

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