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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-06-09

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    Outgoing Government Spokesman George Lillikas said it is important that the EU counterstatement of the 21st September 2005 is repeated in the agreement in principle, reached at COREPER on Thursday, in view of the Association Council meeting with Turkey.

    The EU counterstatement was issued in response to the Turkish unilateral declaration of not recognising the Republic of Cyprus.

    Commenting on a remark that the Cyprus government was expecting to see in the common position of the 25 the latest Cyprus development, namely the Paris agreement, but instead there is only a repetition of the counterstatement he said that nothing is final yet and that on Monday, final decisions will be reached, which will be examined.

    Asked if the government plans to make further efforts to have the Paris agreement included, he said that consultations in the EU continue.

    The EU counterstatement says that Turkey`s declaration has no legal effect on its obligations, calls on Ankara to fully implement the protocol, creates a mechanism to monitor its implementation in 2006, notes that Turkey will have consequences if it does not fully implement it, makes clear that the EU recognises only the Republic of Cyprus, and points out the importance of Turkey recognising the Republic of Cyprus and the necessity to normalise Turkey`s relations with all EU member states the soonest possible.

    In the counterstatement, ``the European Community and its member states acknowledge the signature by Turkey of the Additional Protocol to the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Community and its Member States on the one part and Turkey on the other, in accordance with the conclusions of the European Council of December 2004`` but ``regret that Turkey felt it necessary to make a declaration regarding the Republic of Cyprus at the time of signature.``

    They also ``make clear that this declaration is unilateral, does not form part of the Protocol and has no legal effect on Turkey`s obligations.``

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