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Turkey not bending over Cyprus - tension mounts over Oct. talks with EU

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Turkey not bending over Cyprus - tension mounts over Oct. talks with EU

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Cyprus’s foreign minister has said he hopes Turkey’s European Union membership negotiations will go ahead as planned. The bloc’s top diplomats meeting at a golf resort in Newport, Wales said Turkey’s long-awaited talks on joining the bloc would begin as scheduled on October 3rd despite a wrangle over Cyprus.

But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had no more concessions to make. This was on a visit to Italy. Ankara is being reported as saying Turkey would walk away if the EU proposed new conditions. Turkey is keeping its sea- and airports closed to Cypriot craft, in breach, say France and Cyprus (most notably), of its customs union with the EU. The Turks argue that their and the Turkish Cypriots’ acceptance of a U.N. peace plan last year, while the Greek Cypriots rejected it, means they should not now be expected to recognise the Republic of Cyprus.