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Cypriot Speaker: Erdogan’s statements are part of Turkish dogma
2006-03-21 15:45:36

Larnaca, Mar 21 (CNA) – House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan’s statements that as long as the so called embargo on the Turkish occupied areas continues Turkey’s ports and airports will not open for Greek Cypriots, blends with the revised dogma of the Turkish military which Erdogan signed last year.

Speaking before departing for Athens for contacts with the Greek political leadership, Christofias said that according to the new dogma adopted by the Turkish cabinet following a proposal by the Turkish National Assembly Council, “it is clear that the Erdogan government finds it very hard, if not impossible, to rid of the army’s control”.

Christofias said the dogma “insists not only on Turkey’s indefinite military presence in Cyprus but also to a right for intervention and that all Turkish settlers should remain on the island, thus making Cyprus a hostage”.

He noted that it is Turkey’s EU obligation to rid of the army’s control, adding that in the same framework it is Turkey’s obligation to implement the Ankara protocol which relates to Turkey’s violation of international rules after the invasion and occupation of Cyprus, by not allowing Cypriot flagged ships and planes at its ports and airports.

The House President described as positive the fact that the Austrian presidency of the EU and Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn as well as Finland’s Prime Minister, have made it clear that Turkey must implement these obligations, irrespective of the association it is trying to make.

Invited to comment on Turkey’s rejection of the 139 million euros in financial aid by the European Commission for Turkish Cypriots and its insistence that this aid be provided through an EU bureau established in the occupied areas, the House President said that this action is an additional element in the series of wrong, anti-cypriot actions by Turkey and a provocation to the EU. The way this aid will be channeled is defined in the regulation itself”, he added.

In Athens, Christofias will meet later Tuesday with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis. He will also be received by President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and will meet political party leaders.

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