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Cyprus Withdraws Appeal Against EU Regulation
2008-06-05 11:18:48

Nicosia, Jun 3 - The Republic of Cyprus has decided to withdraw its appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Communities relating to a European Union financial aid regulation for the Turkish Cypriot community.

Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou announced that Cyprus has decided to withdraw its appeal for the annulment of eight tenders relating to the regulation, which were published by the European Commission.

The decision, he explained, was taken to facilitate the allocation of financial aid to the Turkish Cypriot community, in a way that it would not constitute any recognition of a separate state entity on the island, as far as the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus is concerned.

Mr. Stephanou explained that Cyprus had decided to appeal against the EU regulation because in the invitation for tenders, published by the Commission, the Turkish Cypriot community was presented in a way that was tantamount to having state authorities, legislation, its own currency, nationality and territory, all separated from those of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Turkish Cypriot community was presented as a third country in the invitation for tenders, Mr. Stephanou said. The Commission, he added, has amended the text which no longer includes any references which could directly or indirectly equate the Turkish Cypriot community to a third country.

The amended text, he stated, clarifies that in Protocol 10 of the Accession Treaty of 2003 the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus are referred to as areas of the Republic of Cyprus on which the government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control.

As a result of that and after consulting the Attorney General, Cyprus decided to withdraw its appeal, “to facilitate the allocation of financial aid to the Turkish Cypriot community.”

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