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Cyprus Government: Turkish side’s only consideration is credence of illegal regime
2007-05-31 12:10:48

Nicosia, May 31 – The Cyprus Government believes that the only consideration of the Turkish Cypriots and of Turkey is to give credence and status to the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied part of the island, and not to display the political will that would create prospects for progress towards a solution.

This is what Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas said today, adding that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to contribute to the implementation of last July’s UN-brokered agreement paving the way towards a political settlement.

He was responding to remarks by Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, that it is impossible to solve the Cyprus problem at present. “Judging by statements from the Turkish side, it is obvious that their sole concern at this stage is to try and upgrade the status of the Turkish Cypriot regime and not to have the political will to create prospects for progress towards a solution,” he said.

He added: “Any objective observer, looking at things with good will, can understand that.”

On the issue of direct flights to and from the occupied areas, Mr. Palmas said he believed such attempts will not yield any results.

“What such moves offer is to create divisive factors in Cyprus, and we strongly disagree with such ideas. We shall continue to strive against any such designs, which aim at the division of the country,” he added.

Moreover, another Cypriot official who was speaking at the annual festival of the United Nations Association of Cyprus, stressed that Cypriots - who are the victims of the Turkish invasion and occupation - have put their hopes on the UN to reunite their island.

Justice Minister Sofocles Sofocleous also stressed that “we have for years put our hopes on the United Nations Organization, expecting to be able to reunite our country and our people though the implementation of the Security Council Resolutions. Despite our disappointment caused by the submission of the Annan Plan, which - to a great extent - was incompatible with the principles and the United Nations Resolutions, for the sake of political and geostrategic interests we remain steadfast supporters of the U.N. system”.

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