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Old 3rd December 2006, 16:56   #1 (permalink)
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Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks

Cyprus has threatened to block Turkey's EU membership talks unless Ankara lifts its trade restrictions on Nicosia.

The European Commission on Wednesday recommended that some elements of the talks with Turkey should be frozen until Ankara opens its ports to Cyprus.

A Cypriot government spokesman said the talks could be vetoed if Nicosia was unhappy with a decision on the issue to be taken at an EU summit in December.

Turkey's refusal to recognise Cyprus is a key obstacle to its membership bid.

'Not helpful'

The European Commission recommended that eight of the 35 areas of negotiation between the EU and Turkey should be suspended.


"If we are not satisfied with the EU conclusions, we will register our disagreement and the conclusions will not be valid." Christodoulos Pashiardis, Cypriot government spokesman

EU foreign ministers are due to decide on 11 December at the summit in Brussels whether to back the proposal, with European Commission president saying he expected the measure would be approved.

But Cypriot government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said: "If we are not satisfied with the EU conclusions, we will register our disagreement and the conclusions will not be valid.

"In such a case, we will revert and exercise our right not to permit the opening of chapters of Turkey's accession course," he said.

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said earlier the European Commission recommendation was too soft.

"We believe it does not offer any form of pressure on Turkey to comply with its obligations.. This is not helpful at all," he said.

'Last-ditch effort'

On Wednesday, Turkish television channels quoted Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as saying the recommendation was "unacceptable".

Ankara also said it was determined to press on with the accession talks it began in October last year.

Turkey's chief negotiator with the EU, Ali Babacan, suggested that the Cyprus issue should be left out of the talks.

"We oppose the linkage between the negotiations and Cyprus," Mr Babacan told the Financial Times newspaper.

The EU insists that Turkey fulfil its commitment to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus, but Turkey says it will not do so until the EU eases its embargo on Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus.

Suspending some chapters would not mean Turkey's application would be halted altogether, but could make it difficult to get full negotiations back on track, BBC's Jonny Dymond in Brussels says.

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will visit Turkey on Friday to meet Mr Erdogan, in a last-ditch effort to reach a breakthrough.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded to counter a Greek Cypriot coup backed by the military junta ruling Greece at the time.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/h...pe/6160637.stm

Published: 2006/11/30 19:19:00 GMT

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Old 3rd December 2006, 19:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks

Jeezes !
Does Cyprus want war with Turkey ?
It is so clear they do not want Turkey to come into EU, using their VETO right...bah

As if they don't know that after words like this it is virtually impossible for Turkey to give in in this affair, sheer provocation this is !!!
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Re: Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks

Being a bit thick here, and I suspect it's just tit for tat politics but can someone enlighten me as to why Cyprus wants access to Turkish ports, being that they are unlikely to do much trade via them given their sour relationship?

As Cyprus declined to join up with Northern Cyprus, and the 1974 war was as much the fault of the Greeks as the Turks, why can the EU not just allow the Turkish majority self determination in the North?

I love Southern Cyprus and the Greek population, but politicians are politicians, the same the world over.
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Re: Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks

I personally think Turkey should stay as they are totally independant of Europe in every way. They have shown themselves to be self sufficient and productive. To join the EU would devastate them. As just one small example what will they do with all the counterfeit clothes, surely Europe wouldnt allow them to sell it and have the monopoly on it?..... Or would they???
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