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Cypriot President predicts ?hot climate? in Euro-Turkish relations
2006-10-05 11:54:41

Nicosia, Oct 4 ? ?Hot climate? is forecast in autumn in Euro-Turkish relations, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said.

Answering questions on Ankara's ties with Brussels, in view of the Commission?s progress report on Turkey's accession course, President Papadopoulos said that ?the situation will be very difficult?.

?Yes, very intense contradictions are predicted but we are taking measures by enlightening and informing our EU partners and others and we are hoping that everything will go well?, he added.

Cyprus, which joined the EU in May 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Turkey, a country aspiring to become an EU member state, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus and refuses to implement the EU-Turkey Customs Union Protocol, by opening its ports and airports to Cyprus.

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