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Spokesman: Davutoglu's statements ''provocative and unacceptable''
2009-10-06 12:01:55

Nicosia, Oct 3 – The Government Spokesman of the Republic of Cyprus Stephanos Stephanou described statements made by Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that his country will not implement the Ankara protocol prior to the solution of the Cyprus problem as ''provocative and unacceptable,'' adding that such attitude should concern the EU, its member-states, the Commission and its President.

''The statements made by Mr. Davutoglu especially after meetings with EU officials are provocative and unacceptable,'' Spokesman Stephanou said, adding that ''through these statements appears the arrogance of a country that violates the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, a member-state of the UN, the EU and other international institutions.''

Ankara does not recognize the government of the Republic of Cyprus and has so far refused to meet its European Union obligations pertaining to Cyprus, by normalizing relations with Nicosia and opening its ports and airports to Cypriot flagged vessels and aircraft.

''This attitude should concern the international community and especially the EU, its member-states, the European Commission and its President,'' Spokesman Stephanou added.

The Spokesman noted ''that Turkey still has time until the coming December to change its unacceptable stance, to follow a positive policy, and fulfill its obligations towards the EU and its member-states, including the Republic of Cyprus.”

Otherwise, he added, ''the EU and its member-states should react in order for Turkey to realize that the EU will not tolerate the constant mockery, and should proceed to take measures for the implementation of its own conclusions.''

The Spokesman said that the only way for Turkey to assist its EU bid is to help the ongoing UN-backed effort for a solution to the Cyprus problem, while concurrently the EU should insist on the fulfillment of its own decisions.

In response to a question on how Cyprus will react in the case that Turkey fails to implement its obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus by December, Stephanou said that the National Council of the Republic of Cyprus, the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus problem, has drafted a strategy on the issue.

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