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Conclusions of the EU-Turkey Association Council (52nd meeting) - Brussels, June 23, 2014
2014-06-24 08:27:50

The EU-Turkey Association Council held its 52nd meeting on Monday, June 23, 2014, in Luxembourg. The meeting was chaired by Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister for EU Affairs of Turkey. Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, led the EU delegation (on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton). Mr Štefan Füle, Commissioner responsible for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, represented the European Commission.

Among others, we highlight here the references made with regard to Turkey’s obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus:

“…The EU noted with satisfaction the clear statement that Turkey made of its commitment to the accession process. In this respect, the EU expressed its clear position as regards the Additional Protocol of the Association Agreement. Full non-discriminatory implementation towards all EU Member States is an obligation and as such must be honoured. In this respect, the EU reiterated its call for progress and underlined that such implementation could provide a significant boost to the negotiation process.

Furthermore, the EU underlined the importance of progress in the normalisation of relations between Turkey and all Member States.

The EU welcomed the resumption of the full-fledged settlement talks in Cyprus between the leaders of both communities under the auspices of the UN. Turkey’s commitment and contribution in concrete terms to such a comprehensive settlement remains crucial.

The EU also reiterated its position on good neighbourly relations and stressed again that maintaining good neighbourly relations is an essential part of the accession process.

The EU stressed that it is important to sustain the momentum in the accession negotiations in the interest of both parties and in order to achieve real and tangible results. The EU should remain the anchor for reforms in Turkey, especially in the areas of the rule of law, judiciary, and fundamental rights and freedoms…”

Source: Council of the European Union

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