PhilCo

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EU urged to freeze Turkey talks
The European Commission has recommended that some elements of talks with Turkey about its hopes of joining the EU should be frozen.

The recommendations follow the breakdown of talks over the divided island of Cyprus.

Turkey's refusal to recognise the Cypriot government has become an obstacle to Turkey's membership hopes.

The recommendations come despite a last-ditch effort by the Finnish prime minister to rescue the Turkish talks.

Finland currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will visit Turkey on Friday to meet his Turkish counterpart.

But after Finland said on Monday that talks over the Cyprus issue were deadlocked, the European Commission brought forward an announcement it was due to make next week.

It said eight of the 35 areas of negotiation between the EU and Turkey should be suspended.

Final decision awaited

"There is a unanimous decision by the member states to conduct accession negotiations with Turkey... Turkey has undoubtedly made progress. But it has still not implemented all obligations it has agreed to," EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement.

The EU insists that Turkey fulfils its commitment to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus, but Turkey says it will not do so until the EU eases its embargo on Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded to counter a Greek Cypriot coup backed by the military junta ruling Greece at the time.

The final decision on whether to suspend negotiations will be made by EU foreign ministers, or by heads of government when they meet in mid-December.

If they suspend some chapters of the talks, it would not mean Turkey's application would be halted altogether, but could make it difficult to get full negotiations back on track, says the BBC's Jonny Dymond in Brussels.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/6194492.stm

Published: 2006/11/29 13:29:49 GMT

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pebble

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EU urged to freeze Turkey talks
Well, it doesnt surprise me, if it wasnt this there would be another excuse.
They are not going to let turkey in. The turkish people are becoming very bitter, and looking at alternatives towards the east.
 

sparrow

Nadine in disguise
EU urged to freeze Turkey talks
Hello,
That they are not going to let the Turkish people in, is not my conclusion, because it is clearly stated "If they suspend some chapters of the talks, it would not mean Turkey's application would be halted altogether," ,
so I understand from this : okay, not just now, maybe later
Let's face it, it is for both parties bit difficult to give in on this moment, either for Turkey or for EU, and to be honest I think both are right in their own way : it is not admittable that an EU-member closes his (air)ports for another member.... but then Turkey has the right to be pissed off against Cyprus, after all, Cyprus hasn't made any concession at all regarding the situation in Northern Cyprus...

Surely to be continued, I still vote for Turkey
 

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