The government of Cyprus has announced that it will continue to block a new round of negotiations of Turkey's accession to the European Union. Taking into account the opinion of Nikos Anastasiadis, Turkey has not made sufficient efforts to maintain the current negotiations ethnically divided nation.
Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis announced that so far there is nothing that could force Cyprus to stop blocking negotiations between the EU and Turkey. According to him, Ankara has made little effort to combine ethnically disparate groups, informs The Washington Post.
Earlier on Monday Minister for foreign Affairs of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides made a similar statement in his interview to the Greek TV channel ERT. He told the Agency that although many member States want the EU negotiations with Turkey, Cyprus will hold the lines until Ankara does not fulfill its own obligations.
Cyprus is divided with 1974 years after the armed invasion of Turkey instigated the attempt to Annex the island to Greece. Occupied was 37% of the area of the island, which in 1983 was declared the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Its only recognised by Turkey.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her nation is ready to make efforts to expedite the admission of Turkey into the EU. "We want to make the process of acceptance of Turkey into the EU more dynamic and to begin negotiations on the opening of the 17th paragraph on the economy and monetary policy," she said.
The application for EU membership, Turkey applied in 1987. Accession negotiations started only in 2005. Condition for entering the EU is considered to be the Ankara performance of certain obligations. But now Turkey has only completed 14 out of 35 is required for membership stereotypes.
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