Turkey agrees to open ports to Greek Cyprus: Report

Turkey has agreed to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels in talks with European Union, a Turkish TV reported, without giving a source for the news.

Turkey agrees to open ports to Greek Cyprus: Report

Turkey has agreed to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels in talks with European Union (EU), a Turkish TV reported, without giving a source for the news.

EU conditions opening new chapters in talks with Turkey with opening ports to Greek Cyprus.

Greek Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.

Turkey proposed to open a major port, Istanbul or Izmir, in a first stage of the plan, followed by opening all of its ports to Greek Cypriot commerce and tourism, news channel NTV said.

The agreement also includes limited permission for charter flights from Europe to Turkish Cyprus, it said.

Ankara usually says it will open up to traffic from the Greek Cypriot southern part of Cyprus if the EU ends the isolation of Turkish Cypriot north of the island. Turkey says that the European Union has failed to keep its promises to ease the isolation of Turkish Cypriots.


Agencies

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