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Turkey threatens to 'freeze' EU ties over Cyprus


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Turkey threatens to 'freeze' EU ties over Cyprus

It wants to join the European Union but Turkey is threatening to freeze relations with the bloc over the thorny topic of Cyprus.

Ankara is angry over plans by internationally recognised Greek Cypriot authorities to take over the EU’s rotating presidency next July.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that if the Greek Cypriot side took over the EU’s reins and tried to stall Turkey’s negotiations, the reconciliation process on the island would be blocked. He said that if Cyprus assumed the presidency without a solution to the future of the divided island, Turkey’s relations with the EU would be frozen.

A row over a breakaway state on Cyprus recognised only by Turkey has slowed progress in Ankara’s EU accession talks which started in 2005.

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