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Olli Rehn: Turkey must meet its EU obligations
2006-06-20 14:43:10

Brussels, Jun 20 - EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, reiterated the Union's demand that Turkey opens its ports and airports under the flag of all EU member states, including the Republic of Cyprus, which became a full EU member on May 1, 2004.

"Turkey should open its ports to vessels under flag of all Member States, including the Republic of Cyprus. As set out in the Negotiating Framework, the opening of accession negotiations on the relevant chapters depends on Turkey's implementation of its obligations to all Member States under the Association Agreement", he also said.

In statements before the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs which discussed today the draft report on Turkey, Rehn said that "because Turkey is a negotiating country, our expectations of Turkey have naturally increased".

"Let me now refer to Turkey's obligation to honor its existing commitments. This applies in particular to the need to fully implement the Additional Protocol adapting the EC-Turkey Association Agreement to the accession of ten new Member States", Mr. Rehn added.

He added that the difficult discussions on the closure of the negotiation chapter Science & Research demonstrate that this issue is omnipresent in the process.

"If we want to avoid a major problem in the autumn, Turkey needs to stick to its word", he noted.

The Commissioner pointed out that "there is an alternative to a major accident, provided the parties in Cyprus stop complaining against past injustice and rather work on future solutions with a pragmatic approach".

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