Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mehmet Kemal Bozay said it seemed reunification negotiations in Cyprus would intensify in July, the Anatolian Agency reported on Thursday.
During a briefing to the EU Harmonisation Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly together with Deputy Undersecretary of the EU Ministry Selim Yenel, Bozay said making concessions on Cyprus was out of the question for Turkey.
“At the moment the talks are continuing. It seems like it will intensify in July,” he said.
During the briefing that delved into the current state of Turkish-EU relations, Bozay said relations with the EU were improving through the contacts made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the recent NATO summit.
Bozay said that Erdoğan once again stressed Turkey’s determination for full membership, adding that Turkey was not interested in scenarios regarding alternative models.
Yenel said Cyprus played an important role in Turkey’s EU bid and several chapters in the accession negotiations were blocked because of it.
“If the Cyprus problem is solved, important steps could be taken in the membership negotiations. This does not mean that everything will be solved but an important obstacle will be lifted,” he said.