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Turkey has initialed protocol, Commission Representation says
2005-03-30 11:47:50

Nicosia, Mar 30 (CNA) -- The European Commission Representation in Cyprus has confirmed that Turkey marked its agreement on the draft text of the protocol prepared by the Commission services, noting this is equivalent to initialing.

In a press release, the Representation said that this means the commission can “now proceed to adopting a formal proposal to be presented to the Council in view of signature”.

The European Commission Representation also noted that as regards Turkey’s restrictions on access to Turkish ports for vessels flying a Cypriot flag or having landed in a Cypriot port, this is considered as a violation of the provisions of Decision 1/95 of the EC-Turkey Association Council establishing the Customs Union.

The protocol provides for extending Turkey's customs union agreement with the European Union to the ten new member-states, including the Republic of Cyprus, which Ankara does not recognise.

The protocol must be signed before 3 October this year, a date set by the EU for the start of accession negotiations with Turkey.

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