Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Turkey Promises to Freeze Relations with EU During Cyprus Presidency

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has said emphatically that his country will have no relations with the EU when Cyprus holds the EU's rotating presidency for six months next year.
The Turkish prime minister has reiterated that Turkish-European Union relations will be suspended if the Republic of Cyprus takes over the 27-nation bloc's rotating presidency in the second half of 2012 without a settlement on the island.

“We will never have dialogue with them [Greek Cyprus] during their presidency. Relations with the EU will freeze, meaning there will be no Turkey-EU relations for that six-month period,” he said.

He also indicated that Turkey will no longer abide by some of the proposed terms of 2004 Annan plan intended to bring about the re-unification of Cyprus.
The Turkish prime minister said Turkey no longer agrees to the return of Morphou) and Karpas to the Greek Cypriots, as envisioned in the failed Annan plan
Erdogan, who arrives in Cyprus later today, said 2012 was a final deadline for a settlement on the island.

“We will see if this is resolved by 2012 or not. If it is not, we will have to find solutions ourselves,” Erdoğan was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.

The Turkish side has long warned that talks to reunite Cyprus will not continue forever and that Ankara might seek international recognition for the north.

...Erdoğan dismissed once again withdrawing troops from the island. “We had agreed to withdraw troops under the Annan plan. They [the Greek Cypriots] did not accept it. So, they lost [their chance].”

Responding to Mr. Erdogans remarks, President Christofias expressed hope the Turkish side would “change (their) behavior in order to have progress”, noting that today’s statements by Erdogan “are absolutely condemnable and cynical and if this is the line that the Turkish side will pursue, there will be no prospect for any progress”.

Christofias said that he senses that the UN are also offended by Erdogan’s statements, noting that the UN also wish for genuine progress during the talks.

Invited to comment on the information for a unilateral proposal on behalf of the Turkish side regarding the opening of Famagusta, President said that “upon Erdogan’s illegal visit to the occupied areas, the UN and others in the international scene, would have expect a positive move on his behalf rather than incendiary statements”.

He added that “if this is Turkey’s official stance, it means they want recognition of the pseudostate”.
Source: Famagusta Gazette

This really ought to spell the end of Turkey's EU aspirations. If the EU is willing to put up with open discrimination against a member state, what are they not willing to put up with? The only reasonable conclusion would be that their spinelessness has no limit.

1 comment:

  1. Talking of visits intended to stir up trouble: