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Solana calls on Turkey to recognise Cyprus
2004-12-16 12:29:58

by Nicos Bellos

Brussels, Dec 16 (CNA) – European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana called on Turkey Thursday to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, noting that otherwise it will be ''difficult'' for Ankara to become part of the European family.

''If you want to be part of a family, you have to recognize all the members of the family .... without that, it's difficult to be part of the family,'' he told reporters shortly before the start of the European Council which will decide whether, when and on what conditions Turkey will start accession negotiations.

Turkey must ''recognize those who are tall, those who are not so tall, those who are heavy, those who are light ... you have to recognize all of them, by their name, by their face and by what they are able to give to the family”, Solana said.

''It has to recognize Cyprus,'' the EU High Represetnative added. ''When you want to be part of a family you have to recognize the existence of all the members of the family.''

''We ask Turkey to comply with the commitments of Copenhagen,'' he said. Solana stressed that Ankara should be judged by the same criteria as other countries. ''It will be unfair to give (Ankara) less than what Copenhagen has given to others'' if it complies with the criteria, he concluded.

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