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Cyprus: Talat's visit to Washington unproductive
2005-10-31 16:42:00

Nicosia, Oct 31 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said that it seems Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat has not secured any promise on the part of the US during his trip to Washington.

Speaking to reporters today, the Spokesman described US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's invitation to Talat as ''generally unproductive,'' noting it has ''secessionist consequences.''

He repeated that such invitations and meetings do not contribute to building a climate of understanding and cooperation.

''On the contrary, they strengthen secessionist tendencies and increase Talat's arrogance and confidence that there might be a political upgrading of his regime,'' Chrysostomides said.

The Spokesman said Talat was invited as a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community, adding that ''it was not possible to invite him in any other capacity.''

International law, he said, imposes ''the non-recognition or cooperation with the result of illegality, such as the occupation regime.''

The Cypriot Spokesman further said that it is not possible for the US stance to change from one day to the other, and cited UN resolutions 541 and 550 on Cyprus which impose obligations on UN member states.

''Apart from the invitation that has secessionist repercussions and consequences, it was generally unproductive and Mr. Talat does not seem to have gained any other promise for action on the part of the US administration,'' Chrysostomides concluded.

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