Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Ministers Clear Round One of Accession Talks

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Ministers Clear Round One of Accession Talks

Article excerpt

The EU cleared the way on 12 June to open the first chapter of Turkey's embryonic membership negotiations, but only after a flurry of late diplomatic activity to overcome a possible Cypriot veto. EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxembourg agreed a negotiating position for the science and research chapter, needed to start the talks in that area at an accession conference planned with Turkey the same day.

In a sign of the political obstacles that could lie ahead in the talks, Cyprus - apparently with some sympathy from Greece - wanted an explicit reference to be made in the negotiating position to the effect that Turkey should recognise it, but this met reservations from other countries, reportedly led by the UK. Nicosia also objected to closing the science and research chapter at the same time as opening it, despite the feeling among other EU countries that negotiations on this relatively easy' chapter of the EU's acquis could be wrapped up without delay.

Ministers eventually agreed on a carefully-worded compromise text which carried indirect references to the fact that Turkey should extend its Customs Union with the EU to the bloc's more recent entrants, including Cyprus. The text made a back reference to an EU declaration of September 2005 which pointed to various issues of concern to Cyprus, including Turkey's recognition of Cyprus being a necessary component of its accession process, and the wish to see Turkey open its ports and airports to Cypriot vessels. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.