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EU and Turkey avoid Cyprus talks

Postby Jerry » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:15 pm

According to this the talks next week are doomed and so is Turkey's EU bid

The European Union and Turkey are about to make a huge mistake. Next week, in Geneva, probably the last meeting of Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will take place, aimed at reconciling their many differences. There will be no breakthrough. Guilty by dissociation, neither the EU nor Turkey will be in Geneva. Greek Cypriot elections in May and Turkish elections in June are unlikely to improve prospects for a settlement. With the end of hopes for a deal on Cyprus goes Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU.



When it comes to Cyprus, almost all Turks are dutiful Kemalists. Even many AKP members, possibly a majority, subscribe to the view that if there has to be a choice between Cyprus and the EU, they choose Cyprus. This dogmatic attitude is compounded in the prime minister’s case by his personal bitterness at the futility of the risk he took in 2004 in supporting the Annan Plan (accepted in north Cyprus but rejected in the south).

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So nobody really gains if Turkey’s future EU membership is sacrificed for the sake of its historic ties with Cyprus. Mr Erdogan maybe has one last chance to swallow his pride and call the bluff of the Greek Cypriots by doing a deal on the island. In doing so he would save his country a lot of money, galvanise its trade, improve its security and, most importantly, resurrect its chances of eventually joining the European Union. Dare he miss that opportunity?

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Postby Gasman » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:44 pm

Did anybody imagine that the talks would result in a happy solution to the Cyprus Problem next week?
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Postby Jerry » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:28 pm

Gasman wrote:Did anybody imagine that the talks would result in a happy solution to the Cyprus Problem next week?


No but can you believe that Turkey will possibly endanger the future prosperity of a nation of 70 million for the sake of a few thousand TCs and settlers - and have to pay for the priviledge by way of subsidy.

They say the Cypriots are stubborn but........
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Re: EU and Turkey avoid Cyprus talks

Postby ZoC » Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:38 pm

FT wrote:Mr Erdogan maybe has one last chance to swallow his pride and call the bluff of the Greek Cypriots by doing a deal on the island. In doing so he would save his country a lot of money, galvanise its trade, improve its security and, most importantly, resurrect its chances of eventually joining the European Union. Dare he miss that opportunity?


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Postby Oracle » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:20 pm

Turkey has no "historical ties" to Cyprus. It's a bluff and a takeover; and the EU should reclaim its full territory from this foreign invader asap.
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Postby humanist » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:32 pm

Turkey has no "historical ties" to Cyprus. It's a bluff and a takeover; and the EU should reclaim its full territory from this foreign invader asap


Agree ;)
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Postby Oracle » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:34 pm

humanist wrote:
Turkey has no "historical ties" to Cyprus. It's a bluff and a takeover; and the EU should reclaim its full territory from this foreign invader asap


Agree ;)


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Postby humanist » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:38 pm

Did you think anything different? lovie ;)
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