Erdogan doubtful over Finnish Cyprus plan

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his doubts about proposals drawn up by current EU president Finland aimed at breaking a diplomatic deadlock over Cyprus.

Erdogan said they are not “reasonable”.

This coincided with approval by the European Commission of more than 38 million euros in aid for the north.

Erdogan has, however, conceded he “will assess” the EU proposals.

Turkey does not recognise the internationally accepted Cypriot government, and has still not implemented a customs agreement which extends to all the EU Member States which joined the bloc in 2004.

Ankara first wants an end to the economic isolation of the Turkish Cypriot enclave in the north of the divided island.

The EU has warned that Ankara’s own membership talks could be badly damaged if it continues to refuse to open its ports and airports to all traffic from Cyprus.

In the meantime, the aid accorded by Brussels will go towards improving the north’s energy management and urban infrastructure, and spreading knowledge about how the EU works.