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Britain says Turkey must implement protocol
2006-03-31 15:17:54

By Kyriacos Tsioupras

London, Mar 31 (CNA) - British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw invited by CNA to comment on Turkey's refusal to implement the Ankara Protocol and open its ports and airports to the Republic of Cyprus, referred to the Agreement text of 3rd October 2005, saying that ''in those now sacred texts there is language on the circumstances and the time in which Turkey will be required formally to recognize the Republic of Cyprus''.

Straw said ''there is also clear language in respect of the Ankara additional protocol''.

''I refer you to that language because the last thing I want to do is to start reopening texts which were extremely carefully drafted and where we were ending up by arguing about semicolons, commas and conjunctions'', he concluded.

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