Greek Cyprus rejects Turkey's conditional proposal

Iran Materials 7 December 2006 18:00 (UTC +04:00)

(Cihan) - Greek Cyprus Administration has rejected a new initiative from Turkey, which offers conditional opening of its ports to Greek Cypriot traffic.

Turkey has launched a new initiative on Thursday to break the stalemate on Cyprus island and to avert possible suspension of membership talks with the European Enion.

According to the proposal unveiled today, Turkey will open a port and an airport to traffic from EU member Greek Cyprus in return for the opening of Turkish Cypriot Airport of Ercan, located near the divided capital Lefkosa (Nicosia) and the port of Famagusta, on the north of the divided island, to international traffic.

"This can never happen," government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis was quoted as saying to Reuters today, reports Trend.

"There is no possibility we would ever give consent to opening (this) airport because something like that would constitute indirect recognition of the pseudo-state," he said, referring to Turkish Cypriot state in the north of the divided island, which is only recognized by Turkey.