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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-08-10

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    Deputy Minister to Cyprus President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes has said the time the Turkish Cypriot time has chosen to reiterate the not substantiated allegations that our side backs PKK comes at a period during which the process agreed on July 8 is evolving, adding that surely this choice of the Turkish Cypriot side does not help the procedure of the positive climate during the meetings of the two leaders representatives.

    He said that we denounce these baseless allegations by the Turkish Cypriot leadership for a so called support to PKK by our side with letters to the United Nations.

    The first letter was sent on August 3rd and the second will be handed over today by Mr Tzionis (Director of Cyprus Presidents Diplomatic Office) during their meeting (of the representatives of the two leaders), demanding that the Turkish Cypriot side withdraws or proves these allegations, he said.

    Pashiardes noted that a few days ago Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat deemed it was right to bring forward again the scenario of the baseless and unfounded allegations by Ankara for a backing of PKK by our side, noting that his spokesman also reiterated this issue the other day.

    He said that the time the issue is brought forward by the Turkish side cannot be accidental, noting that the Turkish side has never surely proved the validity of its allegations and never handed over, as it alleges, concrete information towards the UN that show any imminent or eminent relation of the Cyprus government with PKK.

    Pashiardes noted that these allegations violate the spirit and the substance of the July 8th agreement.

    And because the Turkish Cypriot side cannot prove things that dont exist and it is difficult for it to withdraw baseless allegations, at least it must stop talking about an issue that does not contribute to the normal development of the process agreed upon on July 8th.

    He reiterated that our side remains fully consistent to this process, making every effort for it to be fruitful and effective, irrelevant of any allegations of the Turkish Cypriot community leadership.

    Invited to say if recent statements by Talats spokesman try to reverse the agreement of July the 8th, he said he did not wish to make any assessment for the expediency of the allegations and the comments on the part of the Turkish Cypriot leadership.


    Deputy Minister to Cyprus President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes said the Greek Cypriot side remains committed to the agreement of the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus reached on July 8th and looks forward to a viable, functional and mutually accepted settlement on the basis and the framework of a bicommunal, bizonal federation.

    Invited to comment statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat who spoke about a new state on the basis of political equality and a new partnership, he said Talats statements simply reiterate the usual Turkish provocations.

    He said that Talat arbitrarily determines the final form of a Cyprus settlement, at a time when a new process aiming to achieve a mutually accepted settlement through substantial negotiations is underway.

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