Bagis: Turkey ready for contingency over Cyprus issue

Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union accession talks has said his country was ready for any contingency over the Cyprus issue.

 Bagis: Turkey ready for contingency over Cyprus issue

Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union (EU) accession talks has said his country was ready for any contingency over the Cyprus issue.

"Turkey is ready for any outcome that might emerge. A comprehensive solution, an indirect solution, a deadlock or a new crisis. Turkey's EU process do not hinge on Cyprus issue and Turkey does not take such threats well," Egemen Bagis told Greek Cypriot daily, Simerini.

Bagis said Turkey could only open its ports and harbors to Greek Cypriot vessels if the EU honored the promises it had made and taken simultaneous steps.

"We are ready to open our harbors and ports to Greek Cypriot vessels and planes. Is Europe ready for keeping its word and implement the resolutions it made? Is it ready to do direct trade with the Turkish Cypriots and land its planes at the Ercan Airport," Bagis told the daily.

Bagis said Turkey also had a contingency plan if ongoing settlement talks on Cyprus failed again. "Turkey always has a plan B, a plan C or D. We are ready for anything. Turkey
has achieved a 11 percent economic growth rate. It has built roads, hospitals and schools. It increased its per capita income in the last eight years. And it made all these without the EU," he said.

Bagis said Turkey made significant progress on its path to becoming an EU member, adding that Europe had seen its credibility shaken because of failing to fulfill the commitments it had made for Turkey.


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