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Greek foreign minister: EU must send Turkey 'very clear message' on Cyprus

Greek foreign minister: EU must send Turkey 'very clear message' on Cyprus

The EU must spell out a "very clear" message to Turkey if it fails to open its ports and airports to Cyprus, Greece's foreign minister said Friday.
Dora Bakoyannis said Turkey must honor its obligations as a candidate member, which include opening its ports and airports to EU member Cyprus.
"Otherwise, Europe must send (Ankara) a very clear message," she said, without elaborating.
In 1974, Turkey invaded the Mediterranean island, which has since been divided into Greek and Turkish sectors.
On Wednesday, after a compromise effort on the ports issue collapsed, the European Commission recommended that the EU freeze talks on eight of 35 policy areas in Turkey's membership talks, which started in October 2005.
The recommendation will be discussed by EU foreign ministers Dec. 11, before a decision expected at the Dec. 14-15 EU summit in Brussels, Belgium.
"The commission submitted a proposal that is a basis for discussion," Bakoyannis said after talks Friday with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Foreign Minister George Lillikas. "From then on the aim is during the negotiations to achieve what we desire."
On Thursday, Cyprus said the EU failed to put enough pressure on Turkey, and threatened to block Ankara's accession negotiations.
Lillikas said Cyprus does not accept sanctions, which are not effective "and we do not accept any proposals that lead to the full interruption of negotiations."
The island has been split into a Greek Cypriot south _ representing the internationally recognized government _ and a Turkish Cypriot north since the Turkish invasion, which followed a failed coup by supporters of union with Greece.
Turkey has no diplomatic relations with the government in the south and supports a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, recognized only by Ankara.


Updated : 2021-10-19 10:09 GMT+08:00