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Luxembourg PM Juncker: Freeze EU Turkey talks if no Cyprus move
2006-06-15 15:36:22

Paris, Jun 15 - The European Union should freeze membership talks with Turkey if Ankara does not open its ports and airports to traffic from Cyprus this year, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted saying today.

According to Reuters, Mr. Juncker was asked by the French daily La Croix whether the EU had shown weakness by agreeing to conclude the first detailed accession negotiations on science and research this week without a move by Turkey on Cyprus.

''No. European ministers firmly reiterated to the Turks that this condition should be applied in 2006,'' he said.

''If Turkey were not to implement this condition this year, my view is that the negotiations will have to be postponed,'' he added.

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