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Cyprus says Turkey must show actions not words
2005-10-20 11:31:58

Nicosia, Oct 20 (CNA) - The Cyprus government has said that it was actions that showed policy and not statements, commenting on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's intention to announce his readiness for talks on the Cyprus problem.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, invited to comment on Erdogan's intention to attend the EU informal heads of state government meeting in London, where he will announce his readiness for talks on Cyprus within the UN framework, replied, ''Turkey's policy is well known, its been stated many times with statements by Mr. Erdogan himself and his effort is to show a good diplomatic face to the EU for obvious reasons, to be rid of pressure concerning the implementation of the protocol or the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus.''

However, he added, ''these are the things which we have to point out to EU member states, that they should not consider what he (Erdogan) says as his policy.''

Furthermore, Chrysostomides said that the Cyprus government continually informs the EU and is making ''a stable effort to point out which Turkey's real policy is.''

Invited to comment on Erdogan's pledge, according to a Turkish press report that Ankara is willing to abandon all restrictions for a Cyprus settlement, the Spokesman replied that what Erdogan has to abandon is the illegal occupation of the northern part of Cyprus.

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