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Papapetrou: "Cyprus will not play Turkey's game"
2002-05-28 11:02:29

Nicosia, May 28 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that Cyprus "will not play Turkey's game, neither will it get caught in the trap of becoming involved in unnecessary crises."

The Spokesman was replying to questions on how the government would react if "the Turkish oceanographic vessel "Piri Reis", known as "Sismik", sailed into waters controlled by the Republic of Cyprus.

The vessel sailed last night from the Turkish occupied port of Famagusta and headed north.|

Papapetrou reassured that the government was closely monitoring the situation and was taking all necessary measures.

Asked how the government would react if "Sismik" sailed into waters controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, Papapetrou said "Cyprus does not play Turkey's game and will not get caught in Turkey's trap to become involved in unnecessary crises that serve Turkish pursuits only".

Papapetrou also noted a statement by Greek National Defence Minister Yiannos Papantoniou that any attack against the Republic of Cyprus would be considered an attack against Greece.

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