IKV head stressed importance of resolving Cyprus issue for Turkeys EUprocess

Among the most significant obstacles to rekindling talks on Turkey’s EU membership are restrictions on democratization, media freedom, freedom of expression, and human rights, Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Secretary General Çiğdem Nas has said, following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s high-profile recent visit to Turkey.

Merkel’s remarks on cooperation with Turkey in solving refugee crisis and accelerating EU talks were the headlines of the visit, but Nas expressed skepticism about progress being made without relying on the pillars of democracy and human rights.

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