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Media Watch 2003

08 May 2003
Source: Cyprus News Agency
Author: Nicos Bellos
Comment: The following a report of the Cyprus News Agency of 8 May 2003
European Commission says pseudostate stamps not accepted

Brussels, May 8 (CNA) - The European Commission reminded today of a European Court decision, according to which products from the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus bearing the stamp of the illegal ''authorities'' of the pseudostate cannot be accepted in the Community.

Commenting on a recent statement by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul that the so-called ''embargo'' should be lifted, Jean Christof Filori, Spokesman for Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, said that there was no community embargo to be lifted.

What there is, he said, is a European Court decision, according to which the certificates for export issued by the so-called ''authorities'' in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus cannot be accepted because the EU does not recognise these ''authorities''.

Filori noted, however, that the products are not embargoed and can be exported but not with the certificates of the ''authorities'' in the Turkish occupied areas.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third."