British Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon calls on Turkey to fulfill its EU obligations
London, Oct 24 – British Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon has said it is
important that Turkey fulfils all its obligations to the European Union.
In statements to CNA after a meeting with representatives of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Hoon said “it is obviously important that Turkey fulfils all its obligations to the European Union. The Ankara Protocol is an important part of that”.
''We believe very strongly that Turkey should join the EU. It is important, therefore, that amongst friends we are able to take this particularly important policy forward not only in the interest of the EU but, crucially we believe, in the interest of Cyprus,” he noted.
Britain, he went on to add, very much welcomes “the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU”, noting that “there must be a settlement of the question of the status of the island. We want to do that in a European context”.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops 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.