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Cyprus President stresses T/C ''economic isolation'' claims are politically motivated
2007-05-10 10:40:17

Nicosia, May 7 – Claims that the Turkish Cypriots are subject to “economic isolation” or embargoes are politically motivated in order to gain political advantage, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has stressed.

Receiving the credentials of new Ambassador of Norway to Cyprus, Sverre Stub, Mr. Papadopoulos analyzed the Cyprus problem, emphasizing the Government's efforts to support the Turkish Cypriots. He recalled the new set of measures, including provisions for joint ventures with Greek Cypriots and the upgrading of civil society, on which Turkish Cypriots are expected to respond to positively.

He also said that for three years now, the Government provides free medical and pharmaceutical care as well as other social benefits for Turkish Cypriots and has taken several other steps towards promoting trust and cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

''As a result, claims that the Turkish Cypriots are subject to “economic isolation” or embargoes, are politically motivated, in order to gain political advantage, such as to ensure the upgrading of the illegal secessionist entity,'' he stressed.

Referring to the July 8, 2006, agreement between him and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the presence of the then UN Undersecretary General for political affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, President Papadopoulos reiterated the Government’s commitment for its immediate implementation which is fully supported by the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council.

''We are continuing our efforts towards the implementation of the July 8 Process, which we believe can create the dynamic necessary for the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the principles agreed to on July 8, 2006, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Cyprus and the principles and values on which the European Union is funded,'' he added.

The relevant agreement provides for the concurrent establishment of working groups to address substantive aspects of the Cyprus problem and technical committees to deal with the day-to-day problems that affect the people, as well as Confidence Building Measures.

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