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Cyprus seeks Turkish cooperation to prevent spreading of bird flu
2005-10-25 12:13:24

Nicosia, Oct 25 (CNA)-- Cyprus Republic authorities are taking such action so as to foster the cooperation needed in order to take these measures, along with those in the occupied part of Cyprus, who can, in practice, contribute to the prevention of the manifestation of the bird flu in Cyprus, an official press release issued today said, adding that ''the Government considers such cooperation to be satisfactory.''

The press release said that this cooperation cannot be interpreted as affecting the political and legal reality that the northern part of Cyprus is under Turkish military and political control.

Furthermore it is noted that the Government of Turkey is urged to provide to the Turkish authorities all the appropriate directives for cooperation between the competent authorities of Turkey and Cyprus to prevent the spreading of the virus.

''The Government of Cyprus expects that the EU Presidency and the European Commission will offer their good offices in order to achieve a wider regional cooperation, through the coordination of actions between the Governments of Cyprus and Turkey, in addition to other ways,'' the release added.

Pointing out that the Government of Cyprus is fully aware of the necessity to take all the required measures to prevent the manifestation and spreading of the bird flu virus in Cyprus, the release noted that ''the current situation in Cyprus, arising from the existence of the cease-fire line, should not prevent the taking of these measures and as far as the Cyprus Government is concerned, it will not be an obstacle.''

''The Authorities of the Republic are already taking such action so as to foster the cooperation needed in order to take these measures, along with those in the occupied part of Cyprus, who can, in practice, contribute to the prevention of the manifestation of the virus,” the release noted, adding that ''the Government considers such cooperation to be satisfactory.''

The release however noted that ''it is understood that cooperation does not affect, and cannot be interpreted as affecting the political and legal reality that the part of the Republic of Cyprus currently not under the effective control of the Cyprus Government, is under the illegal military occupation and the full political control of Turkey, and that the administrative mechanisms in that area are illegally operating and constitute nothing but a subordinate local administration of Turkey, as the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.''

''Security Council Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984) continue to be valid and binding for all parties and make it very clear that the secessionist entity in the occupied part of Cyprus is illegal and that no state should be assisting or supporting it'', the release stressed.

The release noted ''that the primary concern of the Cyprus Government is to protect the health of the entire population of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike, but also of all those people who are present in the territory of Cyprus and to this end, the Government is doing everything that is humanly possible.

Noting that Cyprus is participating fully in the Pan-European mobilization to prevent the spreading of the virus,'' the release said ''the Government of Turkey is urged to rise to the occasion and provide to the Turkish authorities all the appropriate directives for cooperation between the competent authorities of the two countries and for the coordination of their actions as required by the European political culture of good neighbourliness and normal relations.''

''It is hoped that Turkey realizes that due to the nature of the risk involved and the manner in which the virus spreads, it is obligated to cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus for the prevention of the spreading of the virus, for the benefit of the health and security of all its own citizens, the other European citizens and the citizens of our neighbouring countries,'' it is added.

''Addressing such a serious risk for the sake of our citizens could be a very good beginning for the normalization of Turkey’s relations with the Republic of Cyprus, as is clearly required by the Declaration of the 25 EU member-states issued on the 21st of September, as well as the recently approved Negotiations Framework between Turkey and the EU,'' the release noted.

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