Cyprus issues still a problem


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The question of Cyprus, and in particular the European Union pushing to have Ankara recognise the Greek Cypriot administration, still hung over Turkey’s bid to open accession talks with the bloc, Turkey’s Prime Minister said Thursday.

While it appeared that EU leaders were positive towards Turkey and its membership bid, Erdogan said that problems still remained, just one day before the bloc’s leaders are to discuss setting a date for accession talks to begin.
“Generally they seem to have a positive approach towards our sensitivities, but we have not resolved everything yet,” Erdogan said during a briefing for the Turkish media in Brussels.
When pressed as to what these sensitivities were, the Prime Minister listed the question of Cyprus, proposed permanent safeguards such as limiting freedom of movement for Turkish workers in the EU and the definition of the open-ended nature of the negotiations as being among them.
“We cannot say where we stand now,” he said. “It’s all rumours at the moment. We will feel more comfortable when we have the text.”


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This is from a British news website:

Turkey told to make vital Cyprus concession
11.26AM, Fri Dec 17 2004

The European Union expects Turkey to formally recognise Cyprus before it is allowed to open membership talks.

Turkey is haggling over the small print of EU accession terms.

The proposed deal presented to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan poses three headaches for the Turks - formal recognition of Cyprus, "safeguards" to prevent too many Turks emigrating to the rest of the EU after membership and no guarantees that accession negotiations will lead to full EU membership.

British Government officials insisted the formal recognition of Cyprus was a mere technicality, but it could be difficult for Mr Erdogan to "sell" back home as a political price worth paying to join the EU.

On Thursday, the EU offered Turkey a start date for historic negotiations on joining the bloc - October 3, 2005. If the hurdles can be jumped, negotiations - likely to last at least a decade - would get under way during Tony Blair's EU presidency in the second half of next year.

Mr Blair, who is championing Turkey's possible entry into the EU, held private talks with its leadership during the afternoon and a further 20 minutes with Mr Erdogan before joining fellow leaders to assess the prospects of a deal on accession talks.

The British Prime Minister and most EU leaders back a European Commission report that Turkey's reforming efforts must be rewarded with the start of entry talks.

Currently, Turkey, a large and relatively poor nation of nearly 80 million people, would qualify for vast EU subsidies for agriculture and regional and social reforms - straining the EU annual running costs to the limit.

Because of its poverty, Turkey would pay some £6 billion a year into the kitty - but qualify to receive as much as £20 billion.

As the bridge between Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is of huge strategic importance, particularly in an era of increased terrorist threats.

On the other hand, a nation of so many people could destabilise the EU, particularly if, as expected, many see membership as a ticket to migrate to wealthier EU nations.

For that reason, permanent limits on the right of Turks to live and work wherever they want in the rest of the EU may end up in Turkey's eventual accession accord.

Kusadasi Guy if you notice the first article probably comes from a Turkish site because it refers to Greek Cypriot Side... well the second one comes from a British Site it sais Cyprus... plain. We have the same thing in Greece, we call one of our neighbouring countries FYROM (or State of Skopje ) and the rest of the world Macedonia...