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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Turkey, the EU and Cyprus-The Washington Times

"Turkey, the EU and Cyprus

By Tulin Daloglu
August 30, 2005

On the Senate floor almost a month ago, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine Republican, criticized the State Department's endorsement of congressional travel to northern Cyprus. '[T]he decision by the government of Cyprus not to prosecute those who make illegal landings is a gesture of restraint, designed to promote the freedom of movement among the two communities,' she said. She may or may not have meant that Rep. Edward Whitfield, Kentucky Republican, who visited northern Cyprus in May with a congressional delegation was lucky not to have been arrested.
Mr. Whitfield said he was delivering the message of the president of the United States to the Turkish Cypriots who accepted the U.N.-backed peace plan to reunify the island, and that America will keep its promise and not let them out in the cold."

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