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    Cyprus Demands Recognition by Turkey to Unblock EU Accession

    FILE - Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades.
    FILE - Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades.
    VOA News

    Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday that Cyprus would block Turkey's accession to the European Union if Ankara does not fulfill its agreed obligations and recognize Cyprus as a state.

    Speaking Tuesday in Nicosia after talks with visiting EU Council President Donald Tusk, Anastasiades said that supporting Turkey's bid at this time would also undermine ongoing talks for reunifying the ethnically divided island of Cyprus.
    "Most recently, on 29 November 2015, the Turkish Prime Minister (Ahmet Davutoglu) reiterated Turkey's position that they do not recognize the Republic of Cyprus," said Anastasiades. "To this end, it must be understood by our EU partners that possible acceptance of the Turkish demands, without implementation of Turkey's long-pending obligations, would in the essence constitute, with my own consent, acceptance that the Republic of Cyprus is indeed 'defunct'."

    Tusk said that Turkey’s accession bid would succeed only if all 28 EU member states reach a consensus.

    "When it comes to accession, I want to make it clear that the rules have not changed," Tusk said. "The same strict conditionality applies and, moving forward, will still require the agreement of all 28."

    Cyprus insists that Turkey must first fulfill its longstanding demands for recognition, and open up trade ties, ports and airports.

    Turkey has demanded that Cyprus withdraw its veto on five of 35 policy requirements for its EU accession talks as a condition for reaching a deal with the European Union to take back thousands of migrants.

    Tusk said that current dynamics offer an opportunity to re-energize relations between the EU and Turkey from which all members would benefit, including Cyprus.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the northern part of the island in response to a military coup that was backed by the Greek government.




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    by: Axilleas from: NY USA
    March 16, 2016 8:36 PM
    As long as turkey violates international law regarding Cyprus and as long as Turkey does not abide by the ankara accords, imposed on it by the EU, EVERY SINGLE EU MEMBER STATE needs to reject any further movement on turkish eu accession and/or to give anything to turkey. Cyprus remains defiant to turkey, an unjust and dishonorable state in the region.

    by: Murat from: USA
    March 16, 2016 6:44 PM
    Big words from a bankrupt proto-state... why not first recognize TRNC, and then make noise about recognition....

    by: Murat from: USA
    March 16, 2016 6:42 PM
    "When it comes to accession, I want to make it clear that the rules have not changed"
    This is the real cute part. If these conditions had meant anything, Cyprus, a divided state, should never have been made a member. They are all insulting our intelligence. He is worried over nothing actually. They can open and go through all chapters, Turkey will NOT be full member, even if Greeks wanted.

    by: Chris-USA from: USA
    March 16, 2016 9:20 AM
    Turkey illegally occupies part of Cyprus against International law. Turkey continues to violate basic human rights both domestically (free speech, gender equality etc) as well as internationally (sending refugees to the EU only to use that as blackmail). Even if Turkey recognizes Cyprus and withdraws its illegal troops from the island, it should still not be allowed to join the EU. It is a pariah state that does not respect law and justice

    by: Fiyan Firuzih
    March 16, 2016 9:07 AM
    If EU recognite the North Cyrpus Rupeblic. Turks are happly recognite South Cyrpus.

    by: Fiyan Firuzih
    March 16, 2016 9:03 AM
    Turkey want to be EU member but even smallest nations like rums use this as blackmail factor. EU arent honest againts Turkey. Turkey want to do obligations. create a better state but each time ever EU politicans use for their inner anti muslim propoganda. We Turks already know EU never accept us.

    by: joseph Costa from: NJ
    March 15, 2016 8:48 PM
    Greece and Cyprus both know that Turkey is not to be trusted. If Turkey can not return Cyprus and recognize its existence then why should they allow Turkey to become a EU member?

    by: vasos from: USA
    March 15, 2016 7:13 PM
    Kudos to Cyprus for daring to do what Greece and ...a lot of other Europeans want to do but either are hiding behind others or just do not want to object to, at this stage...WHICH IS DENY TURKEY AN EASY EU ENTRY PROCESS...Hopefully more Europeans will wake up and understand that this particular Turkish regime, of the...Sultan (in his own mind) Erdogan and his cronies, is the worst regime, playing dangerous games between a lot of sides (friends with ISIS, promoters of illegal immigrants to European shores, asking and getting money for their unacceptable behaviour, and trying to get NATO to a war with Russia)!

    by: Demetris from: New York
    March 15, 2016 3:44 PM
    I would like to make it clear that the military coup was not successful and the dictator was overthrown and democracy re-stablished. By the time the dictator was overthrown, Turkey had captured less than 5% of the island. They did however proceed on second leg of the invasion and captured 42% of the island which they still illegally hold. Shame to EU countries to allow financials to trump human rights. Cyprus has 200,000 refugees since 1974!

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