German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to see progress on the Cyprus issue in the coming months, it was reported on Sunday.
According to a report on the ANA/MPA news agency, Merkel made the statement during her weekly podcast, ahead of a meeting in the coming week with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
She was answering a question related to Turkey’s EU accession process, which was revitalised during a deal on November 29 last year in Brussels and referred to the opening of new chapters but did not give a specific timeframe for that.
The EU was looking at March this year but Turkey has not yet fulfilled its EU obligations to normalise relations with Cyprus, which has vetoed a number of those chapters.
“I do not believe that setting a date is appropriate, given the state of things,” Merkel said in response the question about a timeframe for Turkey’s ultimate accession to the bloc.
Referring to Cyprus, she added: “I also hope that we will succeed in the coming months and have some progress”.
Merkel said that good relations “between EU and Turkey are vital”, particularly, she added “in today’s world situation, even more so because we are – at least Germany and Turkey – NATO members and we have to deal with common challenges.”