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Media Watch 2005

02 March 2005
Comment: The following are the Cyprus related portions of the US State Department briefing for journalists of 2 March 2005 by State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli.
US State Department briefing for journalists

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U.S. Department of State
Daily Press Briefing Index
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
1:00 p.m. EST
Briefer: Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman

-- UN Secretary General's Plan for Resolution of Cyprus Problem
-- Human Rights Report on Cyprus

QUESTION: Okay. May I go to Cyprus?
MR. ERELI: Cyprus?
QUESTION: Cyprus. Yes. The Cypriot opposition leader, Nikos Anastasiadis,
rejected your yesterday statements about Turkish transfer U.S. weapons in C
yprus as --it's not mine --"unacceptable." How do you respond to this?
MR. ERELI: I respond the way I did yesterday. There's been no transfer of
QUESTION: Mr. Anastasiadis stated that in case Cuba invades and occupied
Miami, would the Americans allow Cuba to transfer more forces, like in the case
of Turkey to Cyprus?
QUESTION: Isn't that hypothetical?
MR. ERELI: Hypothetical. Yeah, there you go. Thanks, George.
MR. ERELI: Very hypothetical.
MR. ERELI: Follow up.
QUESTION: Mr. Anastasiadis said if Cuba occupied Miami, would the Americans
allow the use of the illegal airports and seaports, as in the case of Turkish
occupying forces in Cyprus?
MR. ERELI: Again, I'm not going to --
MR. ERELI: We're dealing with one set of realities and you're talking about
a completely different set of unrealities.
QUESTION: Why you are asking Syria to leave Lebanon and not Turkey to leave
MR. ERELI: Next question. Yes?

[ There is a gap here, as the subject changed--ak ]

QUESTION: What about Cyprus, Mr. Ereli. What about Cyprus?
MR. ERELI: Cyprus -- there is a plan for Cyprus. That is the Annan plan.
That is a plan that we feel addresses the problem of the long division of
that island and it is a plan to which we have given our support and which we
have called on all parties that want to see a resolution of the Cyprus
problem endorse and support. So, you know, that's the solution for Cyprus
and that's what we want to see applied.
QUESTION: My question, only you ask Syria to leave from Lebanon, not Turkey
from Cyprus. They're very similar.
MR. ERELI: I don't accept -- I don't accept the parallel.

[ There is another gap, here, as the subject changed, again. Note that the
Spokesman tries to evade the questions--ak ]

QUESTION: Mr. Ereli, in the Human Rights Report under Cyprus, you are
saying, "The TRNC"--in quotation of course--"is not recognized by any
other country except Turkey." In the previous years, however--I'm here a
long time--you are saying, "It is not recognized by any other country,
including the United States of America." Why you excluded the United States
from this year's report for the first time?
MR. ERELI: I don't know. I would refer you to the Bureau of Human Rights
and Labor.
QUESTION: (Inaudible.)
MR. ERELI: I would refer you to them.
QUESTION: (Inaudible) what is going on --
MR. ERELI: I would refer you to them.
QUESTION: -- and fully explain what's going on?
MR. ERELI: Can't explain it. I'd refer you to them.
QUESTION: Can you take this question?
MR. ERELI: No, I would refer you to them.
QUESTION: To some extent, I am still trying to understand your yesterday's
explanation about transfer of U.S. weapons from Turkey to Cyprus, but I'm
wondering, how do you consider the deployment of Turkish invasion and occupation
forces in Cyprus--legal or illegal?
MR. ERELI: As I said yesterday, I don't see a useful purpose in reviewing
the historical record on that. If you're interested, I would refer you to
what was said at the time.
QUESTION: But it's not a matter of history. It's a matter of invasion and
MR. ERELI: Any other questions?
(No response.)
MR. ERELI: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 1:45 p.m.)
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