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16 January, 2003
Government spokesman Christos Protopapas on Wednesday described as a "very important development" the massive rally by Turkish Cypriots Tuesday in the occupied sector of Cyprus demanding a solution of the Cyprus problem, which he said had had an "impressive" turnout.
Replying to press questions, Protopapas said that "the voice of the people drowns out everything else, and expresses a clear-cut demand for solution of the Cyprus issue and Cyprus' accession to the EU".
The Turkish Cypriot people condemned the intransigence, and yesterday (Tuesday) they sent a message to the Turkish Cypriot leadership and Turkey, Protopapas said, adding that the voice of the people gave a decisive impetus to a cause which concerned first of all the peoples of Cyprus, but also the peoples of the region.
Source: Athens News Agency