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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-02-25

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


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  • [01] EP PRESIDENT - TURKISH EXERCISES
  • [02] FOREIGN MINISTER - ISRAEL

  • [01] EP PRESIDENT - TURKISH EXERCISES

    President of the European Parliament Hans Gert Pottering notes in a letter that exercises by the Turkish army in Cyprus undermine the sense of compromise and commitment necessary to achieve a successful conclusion of the peace process on the island.

    Pottering was replying to a question submitted by Cypriot MEP Marios Matsakis on 19 November 2008 regarding a shell fired by Turkish forces in Cyprus near the ceasefire line, which caused damages to a house.

    Matsakis noted that there were no casualties in the incident, since the occupants of the house were away at the time, and urged the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council to protest to the Turkish government.

    In his letter dated 20 February 2009, Pottering says that ``in the resolution of 28 September 2005 on the opening of negotiations with Turkey, the European Parliament stated that the withdrawal of Turkish forces is a necessary step forward on the way to further easing tension, resuming dialogue between the parties and preparing for a lasting solution in Cyprus.``

    [02] FOREIGN MINISTER - ISRAEL

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou said on Wednesday that Israel would not be recognising the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, noting that information that Israel was setting up offices in the occupied areas and that there would be ferryboat connections, were private initiatives.

    He added that the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is showing understanding to the concerns of the Cypriot government regarding these issues and noted that Israel supports UN Security Council resolutions and decisions on Cyprus.

    Speaking at Larnaca Airport on his return from a short trip to Israel and asked if Israel was trying to indirectly recognise the puppet regime by opening offices in the Turkish occupied areas, Kyprianou said ``there is no such issue.``

    ``All these developments are private initiatives. We discussed them with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our interlocutors and they are showing understanding. It is an issue on which we will continue discussions and coordination,`` he added.


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