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Media Watch 2003

09 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 9 May 2003 written by a staff reporter.
EU stands by bar on Turkish Cypriot exports

PRODUCTS from the occupied areas bearing the stamp of the illegal authorities cannot be accepted in the European Union according to a European Court decision, the European Commission warned yesterday.

Commenting on a recent statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul that the trade restrictions should be lifted, Jean Christophe Filori, Spokesman for Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, said that there was no community embargo to be lifted.

Filori noted that what did exist was a European Court decision, according to which the export certificates issued by the unrecognised authorities in the occupied areas could not be accepted because the EU does not recognise these authorities.

Filori said the products themselves were not embargoed, adding that they could be exported as long as they did not bear the stamp of the authorities in the breakaway regime."