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US Embassy denies Turkish press reports of possible recognition of occupation regime
2005-12-14 14:20:42

Nicosia, Dec 14 - The US Embassy has categorically denied Turkish press reports that the US intends to recognize the regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus and repeated its commitment to the reunification of Cyprus.

In a statement, the US Embassy said it ''categorically denies allegations carried in the Turkish press that the US intends to recognize'' the regime.

''We remain firmly committed to the reunification of Cyprus through a negotiated agreement supported by majorities on both sides,'' the US embassy said, noting that ''this has been our position for more than thirty years.''

It also called on the media to contact the Embassy ''before printing articles on US policy.''

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third. The unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) by the Turkish Cypriots, on 15 November 1983, was branded ''legally invalid'' by the United Nations.

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