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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-07-13

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Tuesday, 13 July 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Greek government criticises Ecevit statements
  • [02] Latest tourism figures


[01] Greek government criticises Ecevit statements

Greece yesterday strongly criticised a recent statement by the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit in which he said that the Cyprus problem did not exist.

"Mr. Ecevit's statements regarding Cyprus constitute an unprecedented provocation to the international community. Mr. Ecevit and the Turkish government endorse the invasion and illegal occupation to claim that the Cyprus problem has been solved," Greek Government Spokesman Dimitris Reppas said.

In an interview on Turkish television on Sunday, Mr. Ecevit had claimed that "the Cyprus problem ceased existing after the creation of the Turkish Cypriot state," and that "the entire world has to understand the reality of an independent Turkish state on Cyprus".

Mr Reppas said: "The Turkish Premier places Turkey outside the framework of international legality. His claims ultimately achieve the exact opposite from the intended result...confirming the provocative and aggressive character which, in violation of any concept of law, characterises Turkey's policy. This has its unfavourable repercussions on Ankara".

[02] Latest tourism figures

According to the latest tourism statistics, the number of tourists arrivals in Cyprus in the first five months of the year increased by 9,5% compared to last year.

The main countries of tourist arrivals are the United Kingdom with 50%, Germany with 8,2%, Sweden with 7,2% and Russia with 5%. The overwhelming majority of tourist arrivals was from EU countries.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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