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Rehn says European Commission expects Turkey to fully meet obligations
2006-04-26 11:18:07

Brussels, Apr 26 - The European Commission is expecting Turkey to fully meet its commitments towards Cyprus, Enlargement Commissioner Mr. Olli Rehn said in a reply letter to AKEL MEP Mr. Kyriacos Triantaphyllides.

The Cypriot Member of the European Parliament asked the Commissioner to inform him on the actions that Mr. Rehn and the Commission are taking so that Turkey will be obliged to implement its obligations towards the EU, and especially in the field of free trade. The letter was sent on the occasion of the incident earlier this year when Turkish authorities refused to allow a Cypriot commercial ship to approach a Turkish port.

In his reply, Mr. Rehn said that the Commission was informed on the incident of 22 February 2006 by the Cypriot authorities and that the Commission immediately raised the issue with the Turkish authorities reminding them of Tyrjey's commitment to allow the free movement of goods with all EU states as signed on the customs union agreement.

Mr. Rehn added that with the signing of the additional protocol in July 2005, Turkey had undertaken a commitment towards the EU and all EU states, including Cyprus, and that the Commission is expecting Turkey to fully meet its commitments.

The Commissioner added that the EU will closely monitor the issue and will evaluate its full implementation in 2006, and reminded Turkey of its obligations.

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