Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Greek Cypriot leader Christofias makes ports offer to Turkish side

From Hürriyet:

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias said on Tuesday he was prepared to open ports and airports to commercial activities run by Turkish Cypriots. (UPDATED)
Greek Cypriot leader Christofias makes ports offer to Turkish side

"The Republic of Cyprus offers our compatriot Cypriot Turks who wish to export and import goods, to trade through the free ports and airports of the Republic of Cyprus," he told a meeting of the Council of Europe.

"This is a full official declaration I am making before you," he was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Christofias also said he has called on U.N. and Turkish Cypriot leaders to abolish annual military exercises and to demilitarize Cyprus divided capital city, the AP reported.

Christofias said the moves could increase the chances of success in reunification talks with his Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

The Greek-Cypriot leader spoke to European lawmakers at the Council of Europe on Tuesday.
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