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Cypriot FM warns Turkey over Open Skies veto on Cyprus
2005-12-06 17:18:51

Nicosia, Dec 6 (CNA) – Cyprus will not remain idle if Turkey continues to exercise its right of veto, in a provocative manner, to block Cyprus’ participation in the Treaty on Open Skies, Foreign Minister George Iacovou has said.

In an intervention yesterday during the 13th OSCE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Ministerial Council in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Iacovou expressed Cyprus’ support to the principles governing the OSCE such as democracy, the rule of law, the rule of justice, promoting human rights as an institution that contributes to the peaceful solution of various conflicts between OSCE member states.

According to an official press release, Iacovou also stressed the need to strengthen the organization.

The Cypriot minister referred to the right of veto which Turkey exercises to bar Cyprus from participating in the Treaty on Open Skies, noting that Cyprus has exhibited great patience but there are limits to this.

He said Cyprus cannot remain idle if these such provocations continue.

The Foreign Minister had the opportunity to exchange views with his counterparts from the ten new EU member states on the forthcoming discussion on the EU budget at the General Affairs Council, tomorrow in Brussels.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Iacovou also met OSCE Foreign Ministers from former Soviet Union states.

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