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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-28

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS KOKKINA

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS KOKKINA

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said on Saturday that the Republic of Cyprus does not rule out the possibility for the passage of Turkish Cypriots civilians to Kokkina, adding however that it cannot accept the refueling of the Turkish-occupying forces stationed in the area.

    Christofias was invited to comment on Talat`s statement that the Turkish Cypriot side requested the granting of passage to Kokkina as a trade-off for the opening of a crossing point in Limnitis, in the northwestern part of Cyprus. The President said that initially the Turkish Cypriot side demanded a passage for the Turkish Cypriots at Pyla village as a trade-off for the opening of a crossing point at Limnitis, which ``was unacceptable both from a political as well as military point of view``. Christofias explained that this is beacuse Pyla passage could be monitored by neither the Greek Cypriot side nor the UN Peace Keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

    He added that after UNFICYP made clear that they could not accept such a passage, the Turkish Cypriot side revised its position and demanded a land passage at Kokkina as a trade-off for the opening of a crossing point at Limnitis.

    The Cypriot people must be aware that Kokkina is exclusively a military enclave, Christofias said, adding that ``there are no civilians in Kokkina``.

    ``Because at the early stages they requested the passage of civilians we said that we could discuss this, but later on refueling was mentioned. Of course we did not reject a controlled passage of some people but when the other side requests to refuel occupying forces I do not know who could accept such a request,`` Cyprus President said.


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