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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-08-06
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 06 August 2003 Government Spokesman says that any dealings
that take place between Turkey and the occupation regime are illegal
 Government Spokesman says that any dealings that take place between
Turkey and the occupation regime are illegal
"The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus will continue to be its citizens
even after accession to the EU, therefore, there is no reason for our
Turkish Cypriot compatriots to worry over the issue of passports or other
certificates" Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, said
yesterday during his daily press briefing. Mr Chrysostomides was commenting
on a press report in the newspaper Africa that the Cyprus Republic would
not issue passports to the Turkish Cypriots after the 1st of May, the day
that Cyprus would accede to the European Union. Invited to comment on press
reports about the possible announcement of a customs union between Turkey
and the pseudostate, the Government Spokesman, said:
"Turkey is the only country that recognises the occupation regime. Any
dealings that take place between Turkey and the occupation regime are part
of a wider framework of illegality, of occupation on the one hand and the
illegal declaration of a state on the other. There is no way to control
these dealings. From the very first day of the invasion and occupation
there has been a regime which is being ruled by the law of armed conflict.
The same regime continues to exist today. Whatever dealings take place
between Turkey and the occupation regime are part of the same framework of
illegality." Asked if the Government would denounce those dealings, Mr
Chrysostomides said that those dealings were proof of Turkey's support of
the Denktash policy. "Cyprus' permanent protestation to all directions over
the illegality of occupation and our demand to end the occupation will
continue until the Cyprus problem is solved and the illegality of the
occupation ceases," he said.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/
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