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Media Watch 2007

29 July 2007
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 29 July 2007.
No membership while occupation goes on
Papoulias categorical during state visit to Armenia. TURKEY cannot pursue accession to the European Union while keeping an occupation army in another member state of the EU. This was the categorical declaration by Greece’s President, Carolos Papoulias, made in Yerevan, during a two-day state visit to Armenia.

"Papoulias categorical during state visit to Armenia

TURKEY cannot pursue accession to the European Union while keeping an occupation army in another member state of the EU.

This was the categorical declaration by Greece’s President, Carolos Papoulias, made in Yerevan, during a two-day state visit to Armenia.

Asked by newsmen whether he discussed with his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian the question of Turkey’s accession to the EU, Papoulias, a former Foreign Minister, said that Greece had supported Turkey’s bid to join the EU from the very beginning.

Basic prerequisite
A basic prerequisite was for Turkey to respect the terms and conditions set by the EU, in the same way as other candidate countries did, the latest examples being Romania and Bulgaria, he said.

"I believe that it is up to Turkey to make increased efforts to adjust to the requirements and criteria set by the EU for all candidate countries. I hope Turkey realises that it cannot work towards joining the EU while keeping an occupation army of 35,000 troops in another EU member state," Papoulias stressed, in a reference to the continuing occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkey.

During his stay in Yerevan, President Papoulias also met Prime Minister Serzh Sargisian and laid a wreath at the monument of the Armenian genocide.

He was also presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Yerevan Rector Aram Simonyan.

In Nicosia, the European Party in a brief comment on Papoulias’ Armenia visit, expressed the hope that Athens and Nicosia would adopt Papoulias’ remarks as official policy on Cyprus.

"The continuing Turkish occupation and the violation of the human rights of the Greek Cypriots must be put before the EU institutions. It is not possible for Turkey to continue unobstructed its European course without the two governments raising the substance of the Cyprus problem," the party said in Armenia."