11 August, 2003
The Greek government on Saturday stressed that a framework pact on a "customs union" between Turkey and a Turkish-Cypriot pseudo-state illegally propped up on territory the Turkish military occupies on the island republic was illegal and a severe breach of international law.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Panayiotis Beglitis said the pact, which was signed on Friday between Ankara and the Turkish-Cypriot pseudo-state, was in breach of international law, the UN's Charter and UN Security Council resolutions, as well as principles and resolutions of the European Union.
The Greek spokesman said the pact was also in conflict with the institutional framework of EU relations vis-a-vis the Cyprus Republic, as well as with Turkey proper, a current EU candidate-country.
Beglitis noted that the pact was an illegal act that could have a negative impact on Turkey's EU course and on its candidacy assessment by the Union's competent bodies.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory. An illegal T/C state was declared in 1983 and is only recognized by Ankara.
Source: Athens News Agency