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Cyprus condemns Turkey's "hostile action"
2006-05-08 12:25:48

Nicosia, May 8 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos described Turkey's insistence not to allow the participation of the Republic of Cyprus in international organisations as ''a hostile action.''

He also said that the Cypriot government continues to make representations calling on the European Union to implement the relevant article of the EU-Turkey negotiating framework that calls on Ankara to cease such hostile actions against the Republic of Cyprus.

President Papadopoulos' reaction came after the press reported last Sunday that Turkey is vetoing the participation of Cyprus in a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) exercise named ''Anatolian Deer'' scheduled to be held in Turkey, from May 24 to 26.

The EU-Turkey negotiating framework notes that ''in the period up to accession, Turkey will be required to progressively align its policies towards third countries and its positions within international organisations (including in relation to the membership by all EU Member States of those organisations and arrangements) with the policies and positions adopted by the Union and its Member States.''

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