Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks, Egemen Bagis, said that the Turkish government did not expect the postponement of EU negotiations due to the issue of ports with Greek Cypriots.
Speaking to the Greek Cypriot newspaper Politis, Bagis said that if the Greek Cypriot side continued with its policy displayed to date, it would have to deal with the consequences of such a policy.
Asked about the possibility of Turkey opening a port to Greek Cypriot vessels in case the Ercan Airport in Lefkosa was opened to international air traffic, Bagis said that Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan had proposed to open a Turkish port to the use of Greek Cypriots in case the Ercan Airport was opened to international traffic.
Prime Minister Erdogan's proposal was rejected by the Greek Cypriot leadership, Bagis stressed.
In regard to a question on Turkish-EU relations, Bagis underlined that Turkey today was not what it was 10 years ago.
"Individual rights and freedoms have developed in Turkey in recent times. Economic reforms have brought stability and welfare to Turkey and our country has become Europe's sixth biggest economy," Bagis told Politis.
"Turkey is no longer a country waiting at the door of the EU. With its dynamism, Turkey wants to shape up the future of the European continent. Turkey's accession to the EU is an economic, historical and geographic necessity," Bagis also said.