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14 June 2007
French ambassador calls for fulfilling of July 8 Cyprus agreement
London-"Two recent events highlight the importance of the July 8, 2006, Agreement, which Turkey and the leaders of the Turkish Cypriots have yet to begin to implement," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus. The first, he said, is the hope expressed by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos that Ankara and the Turkish Cypriots will at long last cooperate in implementing the Agreement, and the second was the call to that effect by French Ambassador Nicolas Galey, as he presented his credentials to President Papadopoulos, recently.

London--"Two recent events highlight the importance of the July 8, 2006, Agreement, which Turkey and the leaders of the Turkish Cypriots have yet to begin to implement," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.

The first, he said, is the hope expressed by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos that Ankara and the Turkish Cypriots will at long last cooperate in implementing the Agreement, and the second was the call to that effect by French Ambassador Nicolas Galey, as he presented his credentials to President Papadopoulos, recently.

In his statement, Ambassador Galey added that "a united island would bring peace, freedom and prosperity for everybody."

The Cypriot President's statement was made while speaking at a state banquet in honor of visiting President of the Republic of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga. He stressed that “the faits accomplis, imposed by the force of arms of the invading military forces of Turkey, cannot and will not be accepted or legitimized.”

He also noted that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus remains faithful, and is committed, to the full implementation of the July 8 Agreement, which provides for concurrent discussions on substantive issues of the Cyprus problem and those that affect the everyday life of all Cypriots.

However, the President noted that, regrettably, the Turkish side appears to persist in pursuing its separatist policy on Cyprus and is currently focusing on politically upgrading the status of the secessionist entity in the occupied area, under the guise of “lifting the isolation.”

In acknowledging France's support of the Cypriot position, President Papadopoulos also reiterated his support for the economic development of the Turkish Cypriots, noting that very recently the government proposed a new set of measures, including provisions for joint ventures with Greek Cypriots and the upgrading of civil society.

Unfortunately," the President said, "the Turkish Cypriot leadership has campaigned heavily for the so-called 'direct-trade regulation,' under the slogan of 'isolation.' This path would lead to permanent partition, instead of reunification," he stressed.

In his statement of support, Theodorou emphasised the point that in its constant rejection of all moves for unification of the divided island, "it is the leadership of the Turkish Cypriots that is creating any isolation and not the efforts of the United Nations or the European Union, and, certainly, not the Republic of Cyprus.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to the reunification of Cyprus by demanding that the 40,000-man Turkish Army be removed from the island, that the 160,000 Anatolian colonists brought into the north to change its demographics be repatriated, and that all refugees be permitted to return to their homes.