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    Greek President: Turkey faces historic dilemmas

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    18.10.2005 - 09:59 | Son Güncelleme:

    Addressing an extraordinary session of the House of Representatives in Nicosia on Monday, Greek President Karolos Papoulias warned Ankara that they would have to review their policy on Cyprus or face opposition over Turkey's EU membership. "Turkey is now facing historic dilemmas and it will have to review fundamental aspects of its policy on Cyprus or risk its European prospects."

    The Greek President then went onto to assure Greek Cypriots that Greece would continue its support for its people and leadership and "will continue supporting Cypriot Hellenism".

    Papoulias stressed that "We expect Turkey to honour all the obligations undertaken by signing the extension protocol of the Ankara Agreement toward the ten new EU member states, including Cyprus of course. Turkey should also make a real contribution to reopening the negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations".

    Welcoming Papoulias, House President Demetris Christofias said a correct solution to the Cyprus problem should be an agreed solution. A solution that will result from substantial negotiation and the achievement of the necessary changes in the Annan Plan, which will render it more balanced, functional and therefore viable, by effectively addressing the concerns of both communities to their mutual benefitand not by serving foreign interests.

    In his speech, President Papoulias said, "For the first time, the Republic of Cyprus with its vote, will participate in the procedure to monitor Turkey's European course, noting that in a European reality, occupation troops do not have any place and sooner or later, Turkey will have to reconcile with this reality, if it wants to maintain its European path."

    On the subject of Cyprus' accession to the EU, President Papoulias said, "It determines the international framework in which the Cyprus problem falls into", stressing that the "end of the Turkish occupation and restoration of the territorial integrity of the Cyprus state, through an overall mutually acceptable, fair and viable solution remains a national priority".

    "A solution to the Cyprus problem remains the constituent element of peace and stability in the wider region and could guarantee a high level of security and welfare for all citizens on the island, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots", he stressed.

    On Turkey's EU course, Papoulias expressed the hope that it will lead Ankara to a "gradual period of peace, stability and friendship with its relations with Cyprus and Greece".


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