Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-07-13
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 13 July 1999
-  Greek government criticises Ecevit statements
-  Latest tourism figures
 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
"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
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".
 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/