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Cyprus wants an objective declaration by British Presidency
2005-09-27 12:56:37

Nicosia, Sept 27 (CNA) – The Cyprus government would like an objective declaration by the British Presidency of the European Union to be presented to Turkey on 3 October.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today ''we would like the declaration to be objective and to respond to the principles in which the EU is based and the EU Council decisions".

He said the government is ready for all eventualities and has all the answers as far as what the opening statement should contain.

Asked if the statement should be based on the EU counterstatement to Turkey’s declaration that it does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, the Spokesman said it is already a binding document for the EU.

Chrysostomides reminded, "Turkey is obliged to implement the protocol, the customs union agreement, beginning with the start of accession negotiations. This is clear in the declaration".

He added that in the event Turkey refuses to fulfill its obligations, then there will be adverse repercussions that will negatively affect Turkey’s negotiations.

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