EUROCOMMISSION SUGGESTS CEASING TALKS WITH TURKEY

PanARMENIAN.Net
30.11.2006 13:08 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Eurocommission has suggested to partially
freeze the talks with Turkey over its membership in the EU, reports
AFP referring to an anonymous source at the EU. According to his
information, that step by the EU top executive is due to Turkish
authorities refusing to open ports for ships sailing under the flag
of the Republic of Cyprus. It is reported that the talks will be
ceased on 8 out of 35 items referring to relations of Turkey with
Cyprus authorities. A Cyprus representative stated that the Turkish
party will have to compromise sooner or later, as without adjusting
the entire list of requirements the EU accession will be closed to it.

December 11, 2006 EU FMs will gather for a wide-composition
meeting. They will have to adopt or reject the Eurocommission
proposal. British PM Tony Blair has already stated that Turkey's
refusal from EU membership will be "a serious mistake."

November 27 the talks between EU, represented by Finnish FM Erkki
Tuomioja, and Turkey over Cyprus were futile, given the Eurocommission
presenting an ultimatum to Turkish authorities demanding to meet all
requirements to the united Europe. For latest several months the EU
threatened Turkey with full or partial stopping of the talks, if it
closes ports to Cyprus ships. In exchange Ankara demands canceling
sanctions against unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
in compliance with agreements of 2004, reports Lenta.ru.