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Kasoulides: Turkey’s obligations to Cyprus must be met before negotiation on EU chapters

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

CYPRUS will not agree to the opening of two EU-Turkey negotiating chapters as long as the neighbouring country does not meet its obligations towards Cyprus, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said.
Speaking during an EU foreign ministers working lunch in Luxembourg that discussed Turkey’s role in the refugee crisis, Kasoulides said there was a need for the EU to co-operate with Turkey.
The foreign minister stressed however, that Cyprus would not agree to opening chapters 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights, and 24 – Justice, Freedom, and Security, as long as Turkey refused to fulfil its obligations towards Cyprus.
Turkey has refused to implement the Additional or ‘Ankara’ Protocol with EU, which would require the Turkish government to remove all discriminatory obstacles towards Cyprus as member state.
The Turkish ban on Cypriot air and sea traffic is a major aspect of the protocol, and the delay in implementing it for Cyprus, has since 2006, prevented any movement on eight chapters necessary for Turkey to move forward with its EU accession.


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