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Greece says increase in Turkish troops negative development
2002-06-12 11:11:23

By Costas Iordanides--Athens, Jun 12 (CNA) - Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou said today that the new increase of Turkish troops in the areas of Cyprus Turkey has been occupying since its 1974 invasion is "definitely a negative fact and that is why we are asking for a solution to the Cyprus problem".

Speaking after a meeting in Athens with a Cypriot House of Representatives European Affairs Committee delegation, under its President Tassos Papadopoulos, Papandreou said "occupations have no place in modern society or on the international chessboard and have no place in and between countries that wish to be friends, that want to cooperate in an effort for peace and development in the wider region".|
The Greek Minister reiterated that "the opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus problem is before us" and noted that "Greece is a country that believes in the peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem", based on UN resolutions and within European law and regulations.

Papadopoulos thanked Greece for the assistance it offers Cyprus in efforts to solve the island's political problem and in its EU accession course.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash launched UN-led direct talks in January, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved.

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