Turkish Cyprus says EU harms peace talks

Ozgurgun has said the EU harmed Cyprus peace talks by putting all the responsibility of solution of the Cyprus issue to Turkey's shoulders.

Turkish Cyprus says EU harms peace talks

Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Huseyin Ozgurgun, has said the EU harmed Cyprus peace talks by putting all the responsibility of solution of the Cyprus issue to Turkey's shoulders.

In a written statement issued on Thursday, Ozgurgun referred to the "Enlargement Conclusions" of EU's General Affairs Council, saying that the EU made a strategic mistake by adopting a biased approach about the Cyprus issue in its resolutions and conclusions.

EU Council, in its "Enlargement Conclusions," released on Tuesday, criticised Turkey's decision not to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels in line with the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement despite repeated calls. It said it would continue to block opening of certain accession negotiation chapters with Turkey, should Turkey insist on not opening its ports, warning that it would have a continuous effect on the overall progress of accession negotiations.

"The EU, in its assessment on Turkey's accession, assumed an approach as if Turkey was the only side that has to exert efforts for the solution of the Cyprus issue. It is a misleading, unjust and biased approach," said Ozgurgun.

Ozgurgun said Turkey always extended the necessary support to Cyprus peace talks and did its part for a just, comprehensive and lasting solution. He said EU created the impression that Cyprus issue could be solved through only Turkey's active support, and it harmed the Cyprus talks.

"It is highly probable that (Greek Cypriot leader) Christofias will put these conclusions in his pocket and adopt an even more stubborn position," said Ozgurgun.

Also referring to EU's call on Turkey to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels, Ozgurgun said the issue could not be isolated from the Cyprus problem, emphasizing that it was wrong to view the issue as merely the implementation of the additional Protocol to the Ankara agreement.

"While the fact remains that EU admitted the Greek Cypriot administration --the real creator of the Cyprus problem-- to the Union without setting the solution of the Cyprus problem as a pre condition, it is shaking our confidence in the EU to see it has indexed Turkey's EU membership to solution of the Cyprus issue," said Ozgurgun.

Turkey started accession negotiations with the 27-nation bloc in 2005. 13 out of 35 chapters have been opened so far. Eight chapters remain frozen since 2006 due to Turkey's decision not to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels who blames EU of not fulfilling its promise to establish direct trade with the TRNC, though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004.


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