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Cypriot House Speaker Calls on Turkey   22/10/2004

Cypriot House Speaker Calls on Turkey to Fulfill Criteria for EU Talks

YEREVAN (CNA) — Turkey should fulfill specific criteria which the European Union puts forward in order to begin accession negotiations, said Cypriot House Speaker Demetris Christofias during a press conference with his Armenian counterpart, Arthur Baghdasarian.

One of the criteria, he added, is the recognition by Turkey of all EU member states, including Cyprus, and the extension of its EU customs union to Cyprus as well. The House Speaker expressed the view that one of the "conditions should also be the recognition by Turkey of the Armenian Genocide."Christofas was on a three-day official visit to Armenia, heading a parliamentary delegation, at the invitation of Baghdasarian.

Baghdasarian said the two sites have confirmed during their talks here the common views Cyprus and Armenia on various matters.Baghdasarian said relations between Cyprus and Armenia have to be developed further.

He reiterated his country’s support for Cyprus’ struggle for a settlement to its political problem, wishing for a speedy solution.Christofias noted the similarity of the history of the people Cyprus and the people of Armenia, noting, "We are two victimized people that through their struggle to survive have developed a high sense of solidarity and love for their individual and of justice."


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