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Nicosia tells Berlin no EU Turkey chapters will open

Nicosia tells Berlin no EU Turkey chapters will open

Nicosia has told Berlin that it will not concede to the opening of any new chapters in Turkey’s EU accession process unless Ankara takes a step forward on the Cyprus problem. This is what Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told state radio on Wednesday, the day after his meeting in Nicosia with Minister of State for

Bozkir: EU must keep its promises to Turkey even if Cyprus talks fail

According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 08.01.16), the responsibility for re-energizing Turkey’s accession process will belong to the European Union even in the event that the ongoing Cyprus talks fail to produce a breakthrough, Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkir has alleged, asking the bloc to keep its promises toward Ankara. “In the event

Bozkir: If the Cyprus problem is solved 13 chapters blocked will open: If the Cyprus problem is solved 13 chapters blocked will open

Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.01.16) reports that Volkan Bozkir, Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator, will illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus tomorrow. Bozkir will meet with Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, self-styled prime minister Ahmet Kalyoncu and the self-styled ministers of foreign affairs, public works and transportation, Emine Erk, Kutlu Evren and Tahsin Ertugruloglu respectively.

EU makes fresh commitment for 5 chapters whose opening is under Cyprus veto

How chapters will be opened? According to EU rules, there is a need for unanimity for the opening and provisional closing of every negotiation chapter, and even one member’s veto can suspend the process. There has been no progress on these five chapters so far because of the Greek Cypriot vote. However, diplomatic sources have

Turkey urges EU to fulfill pledges to tackle EU migrants issue

The EU must fulfill pledges to offer Turkey 3 billion euros a year and visa-free travel for Turks in return for cooperation to stem the flow of migrants, Ankara’s ambassador in Brussels said Friday. The European Union must also break the stalemate in negotiations for Turkey to join the 28-nation bloc and resume inviting Turkish

Cyprus says cannot consent to lifting veto on Turkey EU chapters

Cyprus said on Monday it would not end its opposition to Turkish accession negotiations with the European Union, saying the reasons it had blocked them in the first place remained valid. European Union leaders last week pledged to ‘re-energise’ long-stalled accession negotiations with Ankara in return for its help in tackling a migration crisis that

If Cyprus issue is resolved, we will be able to open 10 chapters in one year

Turkish daily Sabah (27.07.15-online in English) published an interview by Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkir who spoke to the paper about various subjects including terrorism and refugees, the EU expansion process and the Cyprus issue, during his visit to Luxembourg for the Ministers of European Affairs meeting. Following is an abstract of Bozkir’s interview: “DS: