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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-02-06

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] GOVERNMENT - T/C
  • [03] PUBLICATION - T/C

  • [01] GOVERNMENT - T/C

    Cypriot Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas said on Wednesday that direct trade between the islands northern Turkish occupied areas and Europe is out of the question.

    He noted, however, that the Turkish Cypriots would continue to have contacts abroad to promote trade with the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic.

    Replying to questions, Palmas said this kind of activity by the Turkish Cypriots takes place at intervals.

    ``Of course, issues concerning direct trade are out of the question. The Green Line Regulation is clear and of course such visits and such contacts will continue in the future,`` he stressed.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    On 29 April 2004, the Council of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers` meeting in Luxembourg approved a proposal entitled ``Green Line Regulation``, which determines the legal framework of the crossing of goods, persons and services as of 1 May 2004 in Cyprus to and from the occupied areas.


    The Council of Ministers decided on Wednesday to rename the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance to Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance and Solidarity.

    Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas announced that the Attorney General would be preparing legislation to this end.

    [03] PUBLICATION - T/C

    The Press and Information Office has issued a new publication in English, countering in a concise and concrete manner the Turkish propaganda on the alleged ``isolation`` of the Turkish Cypriots.

    A press release issued by the PIO said the publication entitled Toward a Unified Cyprus: The Myth of Turkish Cypriot ``Isolation``, is the second and updated edition of the booklet first published in June 2006.

    It counters, in a concise and concrete manner, Turkish propaganda on the alleged ``isolation`` of the Turkish Cypriots, arguing that Turkey, through its aggression in Cyprus (i.e. military invasion, occupation, forcible division and attempted secession), which has victimised both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, is responsible for the plight of the Turkish Cypriot community, the press release said.

    The publication points out that the illegal situation in occupied Cyprus resulting from Turkeys ongoing aggression and the misguided policies of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, are solely responsible for whatever sense of ``isolation`` the Turkish Cypriots may feel.

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