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Media Watch 2003

21 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Author: Alexia Saoulli
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 21 May 2003
First Turkish Cypriot applies for registration in free areas

COMMERCE Minister George Lillikas yesterday instructed the Company Registrar to accept the application of a Turkish Cypriot to register his company in the south, provided he fulfilled the conditions of legislation.

The Turkish Cypriot, whose application was submitted by a Greek Cypriot lawyer, wished to register a company in the free areas, said Lillikas.

This was possible because Lillikas said the government had always treated “our Turkish Cypriot compatriots as equal citizens”. They have the same rights and obligations as other citizens, he added.

Based on a Cabinet decision, Lillikas said Turkish Cypriots who wished to develop cooperation with Greek Cypriot businessmen and other companies in the government-controlled areas should implement and follow the provisions of Cyprus legislation and the acquis communautaire, which are already being applied by Cyprus-registered companies.

“We see no problem in developing cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”, said the minister - as long Turkish Cypriots who want to register their companies with the Company Registrar and at the VAT Registry pay all their obligations..

Greek Cypriot businessmen cannot implement government laws in the occupied areas, he warned.

“Any other intervention can be done when and provided there is no precondition for contact with the occupation regime or indirect or direct recognition of their so-called state services,” he said. “Cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will develop efficiently and smoothly only with a solution to the Cyprus problem”, Lillikas added."