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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-11-01

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    The EU makes no linkage between Turkeys obligations towards Cyprus and direct trade with occupied areas, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou indicated.

    Commenting on Turkish press reports that Turkey would open its ports and airports to the Republic of Cyprus under the condition of approving direct trade with the Turkish occupied areas, Stephanou said that Turkeys obligations are well mentioned both in the Commissions progress report and the communication on Enlargement Strategy.

    Stephanou indicated that the EU makes no linkage of the obligations undertaken by Turkey and which Turkey should fulfill, with direct trade adding that this constitutes a Turkish figment.

    The Spokesman called on Turkey to meet its obligations and underlined the one that would benefit more from this is Turkey itself.

    At the same time he reminded that Turkeys obligations include not only the opening of its ports and airports to the Republic of Cyprus but also Turkeys concrete contribution towards the efforts for achieving a Cyprus solution, on the basis of UN Resolutions.

    Commenting on statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat after his meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, regarding the need to set a timetable for solving the Cyprus problem within 2010 and the attempts to link this issue with the so called presidential election in the occupied areas in April, Stephanou pointed out that the position of the Greek Cypriot side on this issue is well known and that there are no timetables.

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