Skip to comments.European parliament chief slams Turkey over Cyprus boycott
Posted on 05/28/2012 11:34:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The European Parliament's chief criticised Turkey Monday for threatening to freeze ties with the EU when the bloc's rotating presidency shifts to Cyprus, which Ankara does not recognise as a sovereign state.
"I criticise this. This is not possible," said Martin Schulz, the European Parliament's president, who is in Ankara for an official visit.
"I take note that a candidate state says to us we will not negotiate during the presidency of a member state of the European Union," he said.
Cyprus takes over the six-month rotating presidency of the EU on July 1, and Turkey has threatened to freeze ties with the EU during this period.
Schulz said he raised the issue during his meetings with Turkish officials, and stressed that "the Republic of Cyprus is a member state of the European Union."
Turkey has been negotiating with the 27-member bloc for full membership since 2005, but succeeded in closing only one chapter out of 35 policy chapters, which all EU candidate nations must conclude prior to accession.
All but 13 negotiating chapters were frozen by Brussels, Cyprus and France, and the row over Turkey's refusal to open its sea and air ports to ships from Cyprus still remain the major stumbling block of accession talks.
The nation of 73 million also refuses to extend its Custom's Union deal to new EU members, including Cyprus.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded the northern third in response to an Greek-inspired coup in Nicosia aimed at uniting the island with Greece.
Ankara is alone in recognising the government in the northern sector, which goes by the name Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
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Turkey gets goosed!
>I criticise this. This is not possible,” said Martin Schulz,
LOL! I hope that this is something lost in translation because otherwise he is mentally ill
Of course he is mentally ill - he’s a socialist.
That said, the very idea of Turkey joining the EU is mind-numbingly stupid. The 21st century and the early medieval period just don’t fit together very well.