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Turkey has to revise its Cyprus policy, Greek President says
2006-02-21 15:30:55

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Feb 21 (CNA) -- Turkey is faced with a major dilemma: to revise its policy towards Cyprus or to jeopardize the course of its EU accession negotiations, President of the Greek Republic Karolos Papoulias has stressed.

In statements today, President Papoulias said that “Greece firmly supports Turkey’s European prospect” but warned that “this policy is not dogmatic”.

“Turkey is faced with a major dilemma: Either to revise its policy towards the Republic of Cyprus or jeopardize the course of its EU accession negotiations”, he said.

Noting that lately there are some efforts to decouple Turkey’s obligations towards Cyprus from Ankara’s EU - accession course, the Greek President stressed that the governments of Greece and Cyprus have succeeded to set as a precondition for the upgrading of the EU–Turkish relations, the extension of Turkey’s EU Customs Union with the Republic of Cyprus.

“This precondition can not be erased, no matter how much pressure is exerted”, he said.

President Papoulias added that the course of Hellenism in Cyprus since the Turkish invasion in 1974, “is a course towards the reunification of Cyprus, by respecting the international law, and the principles of the European civilization”.

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