Note Davutoğlu's absurd notion of creating a unified Cypriot state within the next year then having it assume the EU Presidency in 2012. Turkey would then have a Trojan horse within the innermost councils of the EU.
Turkey and the EU ‘cannot continue relations’ if Greek Cyprus takes over the bloc’s presidency on its own in 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu saysSource: Hurriyet
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (R) says he has conveyed his concerns over the Cyprus issue to visiting European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele. AA photo
Allowing Greek Cyprus to take over the rotating EU presidency in July 2012 without a unification deal for the divided island would “freeze” relations between Turkey and the European bloc, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday.
“If the Greek Cypriot administration delays negotiations and assumes the EU term presidency on its own, Turkish-EU relations would freeze,” said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, speaking at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryschenko.
If this were to happen, it would be out of the question for Turkey to accept the Greek Cypriot administration as its EU interlocutor, Davutoğlu said. “We do not believe that Turkey and the EU can continue relations in a case where the Greek Cypriot side assumes the EU term presidency before a solution is found in Cyprus. I told [EU Commissioner Stefan] Fuele that we should therefore take measures [to solve the Cyprus issue] from now on,” the Turkish foreign minister said. According to Davutoğlu, such measures should be aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus dispute by 2012, allowing a new, unified state to assume the EU Presidency. “The EU and the Greek administration are facing a choice between two visions,” he said. It is time to make strategic decisions in Turkey-EU relations, Davutoğlu said, adding that Ankara displayed its determination by setting up a European Union Ministry in the new government. “The same determination should be shown by the EU as well,” he said.
Responding to Davutoğlu’s remarks later in the day, EU Commissioner Fuele said it was “not the right time to make these sorts of statements.”