Thursday, September 22, 2005

EU-Turkey deal is done

Nicosia and Athens pleased with requirements Ankara will have to meet

After weeks of intense negotiations, Nicosia yesterday tentatively put its signature to the statement which paves the way for Turkey to begin membership talks with the EU next month but also forces Ankara to recognize Cyprus before it eventually joins the Union.

After some last-minute wavering, both Nicosia and Athens appear to have achieved the goals they steadfastly sought during negotiations in Brussels last month. «Turkey has already been made aware that the Republic of Cyprus will play an important and substantive role in its [Turkey's] negotiations,» said Cypriot Foreign Minister George Iacovou. «And that will help any process that is chosen to resolve the Cyprus problem.»

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