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17 May, 2001
Greece reiterated on Wednesday that results from an EU-Cyprus association council meeting a day earlier in Brussels clearly demonstrated that no one can obstruct Cyprus' EU accession course.
Government spokesman added that "Greece is following the correct policy and will continue to do so and that Cyprus will become a member of the European Union in the foreseeable future".
He also said conclusions emanating from the Helsinki EU summit verify, in practice, "and this is the best answer towards Turkey and all those who believe they can obstruct Cyprus' accession."
Finally, the Greek government spokesman blamed Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Ankara for the deadlock in the Cyprus issue.
The island republic, which has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third, is among the first six countries to open accession talks with the bloc in 1998.
Greek alternate FM meets with Cyprus' attorney general, discuss Cyprus issue:
The decision of the European Court of Human Rights to hold Turkey responsible for violations of human rights in Cyprus is an especially positive development, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi said on Wednesday.
Following her meeting with Cyprus' Attorney General Alekos Markides, who is visiting Athens, she said that this development proves that the International legal order recognizes and holds Turkey responsible for the violations of human rights on the island republic.
Turkey's effort to transfer responsibilities to Turkish Cypriot community leader Rauf Denktash does not hold up and shows that this effort by Turkey to force on the international community "the realities" in Cyprus, lead Turkey itself to a dead end, Papazoi said.
On his part, Markides thanked Papazoi and the Greek government for their handling of the case before the court, as well as the general support of Greece for the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
He said that the decision of the court will open the way for more legal action, especially concerning those missing since the Turkish invasion of the island republic in 1974 and its occupation since then.
Source: Athens News Agency