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17 September, 2002
Ankara's intransigent stance on the protracted Cyprus problem leads Turkey to international isolation, government spokesman Christos Protopapas told reporters on Monday during his daily briefing.
"Due, apparently, to electoral expediencies, Turkey unfortunately insists on its unacceptable positions," Protopapas said when asked to comment on Turkish Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel's statements at the UN over the weekend.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Gurel claimed that the EU decision to accept Cyprus without a solution ''has made an agreed settlement even more elusive'' and warned that such a development would lead to tensions in the island and the eastern Mediterranean, reiterating his long standing view that the application for accession by the Republic of Cyprus was ''illegitimate.''
This stance "leads Turkey to isolation because the international community wants a Cyprus settlement within the framework of UN resolutions," the spokesman concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency