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Rice urges Cyprus to support Turkey’s EU bid

Postby Sotos » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:47 pm

By Stuart Grudgings
Condoleezza Rice yesterday urged Cyprus to support Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union during a visit to Athens marked by violent protests.


As Ms Rice met her Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, riot police hurled tear gas at demonstrators trying to march to the US embassy.

Police said nine protesters were arrested in the clashes, which wrecked at least 10 central Athens shops.

No injuries were reported.

Ms Rice, on a five-day trip to Europe that also includes Turkey and Bulgaria, said work needed to be done on Cyprus's 32-year division a source of tension in Greek-Turkish relations and a major stumbling block to Turkey's EU hopes.

"We do believe that there needs to be goodwill and effort by Turkey, but there also needs to be goodwill and effort by Cyprus," Ms Rice told a news conference.


She urged Cyprus to help Turkey's EU accession and ease the isolation of the breakaway northern Cypriot enclave, which is recognised only by Ankara.

Divided since Turkey invaded in 1974, Cyprus has evaded repeated UN efforts to re-unite the island in a federation. Greek Cypriots, running the island's internationally recognised government, rejected the latest plan in a 2004 referendum.

Ms Bakoyanni said Greece had made "brave" moves to improve relations with Turkey but did not get the appropriate response.

"On the contrary, sadly, we often face provocations that are not in the spirit of good neighbourly relations or in line with Turkey's aspirations for full EU membership," she said.


Where is the "Rice urges Turkey to end Cyprus occupation"? Without one you can't get the other!
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Postby Greek goddess » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:10 am

To be honest I think she was trying to bully CY in submission. They go to Greece that they perceive them to be the mother of CY to order them to get their child to behave pathetic really.
The USA can’t believe that they can’t get CY to follow their lead.
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Postby lysi » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:15 pm

The useless cyprus governnment will do what the USA tells it to do, because the cypriot government has no backbone, after all they still let the british have military bases on cypriot territory and the usa has access to these bases. :cry:
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Postby NeverSayGoodbye » Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:37 pm

Rice said that Cyprus promised that they will not VETO Turkey if they joined the E.U?
I wonder who made such a under the table deal? Clerides?
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Postby michalis5354 » Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:32 am

I would like to see first what Papadopoulos is doing to move Turkey out from Cy before critising USA or other nation!!!!!
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PAPADOPOULOS IS A USELESS PRESIDENT

Postby lysi » Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:56 am

michalis5354 wrote:I would like to see first what Papadopoulos is doing to move Turkey out from Cy before critising USA or other nation!!!!!

Pres papadoupoulos is an old man who has no idea how to make progress in finding a settlement , he is not interested in the plight of refugees and justs wants to hang on to power in his big fancy mansion in nicosia. He will also do what britain and the USA tells him to do, he is guttless. He proberly will let Turkey join the EU while they still occupy the north. :roll:
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Postby miltiades » Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:29 am

Lysi , may I respectfully refer you to a posting by Bananiot , a well educated and sensible Cypriot participant , under the topic of "US MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN"
Please let us know how you propose realistically to rid Cyprus of the Turkish army , and how you think the Cypriot goverment should proceed in order to get the British bases out of Cyprus. Im certain that you as well as all other American haters , have the interests of Cyprus as the no. 1 issue here,so please be constructive , no history lessons please . You could also under the same topic read Svetlanas posting
Regards from Miltiades , 60 years old and for the record would have voted NO to the Annan plan.
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