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Cyprus and Greece reject Turkish allegations
2005-11-09 11:30:05

United Nations, Nov 9 (CNA) – Cyprus and Greece have rejected Turkish allegations before the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly relating to the Cyprus issue and the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community, pointing out that the continuing Turkish occupation in Cyprus is the root of the island's problems.

Turkey's representative has repeated Ankara’s allegations in response to the address by Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis at the Third Committee, on 4 November.

Cypriot representative Penelope Erotokritou said she regretted that the Turkish representative had once more come up with false accusations in an effort to turn attention away from the substance of the problem, which is the invasion and ongoing occupation of Cyprus and the existence of an illegal regime, supported by Turkey, which has been many times condemned by the UN Security Council.

She also said allegations for the “isolation” of the Turkish Cypriots are groundless, noting that the occupation and the refusal of the Turkish side to conform with international law is to blame for their economic problems.

The result of the referendum on a UN-proposed solution plan (the Annan Plan) does not absolve Turkey of its responsibility for the situation in Cyprus, Erotokritou stressed.

She said the Cyprus government supports efforts and measures aiming to help the Turkish Cypriots but these measures should not under any circumstances be applied to upgrade the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime.

The Greek representative said that the facts in Cyprus are clear and are written in tens of UN resolutions and reports.

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