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Czech Deputy FM: Turkey must recognize Cyprus
2005-09-09 12:15:40

Nicosia, Sep 9 (CNA) ---- The Czech Republic deems as unacceptable that Turkey, a European Union candidate, still does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, which joined the Union in May 2004, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Vladimir Mueller said here today.

''It is not acceptable for the Czech Republic that a member country of the EU is not recognized by a candidate country,'' Mueller said after official talks here with Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Sotos Zackheos.

Mueller called on Turkey to implement fully the protocol it has signed regarding the extension of its customs union to all new EU member states, including Cyprus.

''The customs union should be implemented fully. Customs union means connections with the EU and no part of the EU should be excluded from it'', he underlined.

He said that there will be monitoring mechanisms which would include enough elements so that the protocol is fully implemented.

In statements to the press, Zackheos said that he assured Mueller of Cyprus' support to efforts by the Czech Republic to become a member of the UN Security Council, and added that today's talks were held in a very friendly and constructive climate.

''We share the same views regarding the issues we talked about today. There is a Czech candidacy for a future participation in the UN Security Council. I reassured the Deputy Foreign Minister that the Republic of Cyprus sees his country's candidacy in a positive light'', Zackheos said.

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