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Cypriots keener on Turk veto

There has been a rise in the number of Greek Cypriots wanting Cyprus to veto accession talks between Turkey and the European Union, according to a poll made public yesterday that also showed a significant drop in support for Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos. A total of 52 percent of Greek Cypriots want Nicosia to exercise its veto right, according to the survey, which was conducted on November 3-5 and whose results were made public in yesterday’s Politis newspaper. A similar poll conducted last July showed that 45 percent of Greek Cypriots would support the vetoing of Turkish talks. The poll also showed Greek Cypriots more critical of Papadopoulos, with only 58 percent approving of his policy as compared to 82 percent last February, and 38 percent disapproving of his handling of the Cyprus problem as compared to just 9 percent last February. Yesterday, President Papadopoulos proposed that a section of the port of Larnaca, in southern Cyprus, be assigned for the exclusive use of Turkish Cypriots under EU supervision.