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Foreign Minister, House President on Turkish elections
2002-11-04 15:01:11

Nicosia, Nov 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said the government considers positive the fact that an autonomous government has emerged from Sunday's elections in Turkey, and negative the fact that the pro-European parties in the country have failed.

On his part, House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias recalled that the Turkish National Security Council determines the policy on Cyprus, adding that Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has not made any statements on Cyprus.|

Speaking before departing for Brussels, the Foreign Minister said Turkey's policy on Cyprus would become apparent after the formation of a new government, but recalled that the National Security Council sets Turkey's policy on Cyprus.

He expected that the Turkish election results would not affect the island's accession to the European Union (EU).

"The Turkish people decided, and according to the election system in Turkey, more than 50 per cent of the people's choice remains outside the parliament. Most pro-European parties have been defeated, apart from the Republican People's Party (CHP) of Deniz Baykal", Kasoulides noted.

He explained that it was a positive development that the AKP won the elections with a full majority while on Cyprus, Kasoulides called on journalists to "wait and see" which will be Erdogan's policy.

The Cypriot Minister said Erdogan "had made some positive statements during the election campaign", adding that the policy would be revealed in practice after the elections, bearing in mind that this policy is not drawn by any government but by the National Security Council where the army plays a significant role.

His statements were echoed by House President Christofias, who said "we should wait to hear what the National Security Council will say rather than any new prime minister".

Christofias said the outcome of the Turkish elections was the result of the "bankruptcy" of the Turkish society and the socio-economic policy of the previous governments, as well as the result of the Turkish people's indignation over the government.

"The only issue which we have not heard anything positive or negative is the Cyprus problem", Christofias said, adding that on the Cyprus issue the government do not determine the policy.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island's territory.

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