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Cypriot Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou Says Turkey Must Contribute to Cyprus Talks
2009-04-03 10:36:44

Nicosia, Mar 31 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou has said that the Republic of Cyprus stresses to its interlocutors abroad and its partners in the EU that Turkey must be convinced to contribute in a positive manner to the efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

In statements on Tuesday at the House of Representatives, Mr. Kyprianou told reporters that the Republic of Cyprus stresses to its interlocutors abroad and its partners in the EU that “Turkey states, on the one hand, that it supports the direct negotiations between the two communities in Cyprus, but when Ankara refers to the solution and the substance of the Cyprus problem, it has negative positions.”

He added that “what we tell our partners is that Turkey must be convinced to contribute in a positive manner to the solution of the Cyprus problem because its official statements show no such positive stance.”

Mr. Kyprianou was invited to comment on Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s statement that Greek Cypriots are not obliged to obtain a visa to visit Turkey.

The Cypriot Foreign Minister described Gul’s statement as misleading. “Gul’s statement is not at all satisfactory, it is, I would say, rather misleading,” he pointed out.

Mr. Kyprianou noted that “the Turkish President is not aware of the fact that the passports of Cypriot citizens are not stamped, they place a paper in their passports, which they stamp, just because they have this problem of recognizing Cyprus.”

He also noted that “any facilitation to visitors cannot substitute the official recognition of one member state of the EU, which is a union of states in which Turkey wishes to participate.”

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