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Europarliament sends clear messages to Turkey
2005-09-29 12:30:52

Nicosia, Sep 29 The European Parliament has sent clear political messages to Turkey, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said, adding that Turkey has to comply with the EU wishes and not the other way round.

Speaking during his daily briefing, Mr. Chrysostomides stressed that the most important of these messages is the one saying that ''Turkey must embrace the values on which the EU is based in order to move towards the European Union''.

Referring to the resolution adopted on Wednesday by the Parliament on Turkey's accession negotiations, the spokesman said: ''There are general references as regards Turkey's obligations towards the EU, the Commission's obligations as demanded by the Europarliament and of course many references on Cyprus''.

The European Parliament sends clear messages in relation to the recognition of the Cyprus Republic, the implementation of the Protocol for the extension of Turkey's Customs Union to the new EU member states, including Cyprus, in relation to the opening of ports and airports, and the Cyprus issue, Mr. Chrysostomides also said.

The Spokesman added that Cyprus' accession and Turkey's EU prospect must bring Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to his senses.

Commenting on Mr. Talat's statements to the Associated Press, that if Turkey recognises the Cyprus Republic the Turkish Cypriots will be obliged to defend themselves, something which will lead to a ''civil war'', Mr. Chrysostomides said that any Cypriot, Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot must wonder what exactly Talat's aim is with this statement.

''It seems that Talat does not realize that what we speak about is one homeland for all Cypriots. The reason of this violent division between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, of the society and the territory, is one illegality which continues'', he concluded.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, the EU British Presidency has called for an extraordinary meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on Sunday, as Permanent Representatives of the ''25'' did not manage to adopt today the negotiating framework for Turkey.

The EU Foreign Ministers will convene one day before the Turkey-EU talks are due to start, as Austria insisted that the text provides for a special partnership with Ankara in case there is no conclusion of the accession negotiations.

A Presidency representative said that it was not possible to reach an agreement today but efforts will continue. Prior to the EU Foreign Ministers meeting bilateral talks will take place between Austria and the Presidency.

The beginning of accession talks is not possible without the approval of the negotiating framework.

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