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Turkey: improve relations with Cyprus or no EU

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Turkey: improve relations with Cyprus or no EU


Turkey must normalise relations with Cyprus if it is to realise its ambition to join the European Union.

EU Enlargement Commissioner
Stefan Füle made his comments as he presented the first EU enlargement package of the current commission:

“Turkey has continued its particular reform process in particular the reform of its constitution. But no one can be satisfied with the current pace of negotiations and let me quote, “it is now urgent that Turkey fulfils its obligation of full non discriminatory implementation of the additional protocol to the association agreement an makes progress toward normalisation of bilateral relations with the Republic of Cyprus,” he said.

Ankara responded positively saying it was the most constructive EU statement since Turkey became an EU candidate in 1999.

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