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EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

Postby humanist » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:19 am

EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE • Mon, Dec 05, 2011
TURKEY must work to support a Cyprus settlement and open its ports to the Republic of Cyprus as it has committed to do, Foreign Ministers from eleven EU member states have stressed.

In an article in the euobserver, entitled ''The EU and Turkey: steering a safer path through the storms'' the Foreign Ministers point out that a Cyprus settlement would have benefits extending well beyond the island, from aviation safety to more efficient EU/NATO co-operation.

''Turkey must also work to support a Cyprus settlement, and open its ports to the Republic of Cyprus as it has committed to do'', they underline.

The Foreign Ministers note that negotiations on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem have now reached an intensive phase and add ''we welcome the commitment of President Christofias and Dr Eroglu to work within the UN framework for a successful outcome''.

In addition, they note that ''Turkey’s accession process is of vital strategic and economic importance for both the EU and Turkey''.

Concluding, the eleven Foreign Ministers say they ''welcome Turkey’s commitment to continuing reforms to meet its European goal and offer her our full support''.

The article is signed by the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and the UK.

In April 1987 Turkey imposed restrictions on Cypriot flagged vessels and in May 1997 Ankara issued new orders to extend the restrictions to include ships under a foreign flag which had any relation with the Republic of Cyprus

These restrictions disrupt shipping and air traffic, in addition to causing huge financial and other problems. Annual losses for Cyprus’ economy because of the restrictions amounted to 138,5 million euro in 2008, accounting for 1,3 % of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

The shipping industry records annual losses amounting to 100 m. euro. It is noted that 16% of the EU registered ships cannot dock at Turkish ports.

The Cyprus shipping register represents nearly 12% of the European registry and one quarter of the world’s ship management is represented by Cyprus.

Several official EU documents outline Turkey’s legal obligation to lift its embargo on Cypriot and EU shipping but so far Ankara has refused to meet its EU commitments.

The Cyprus ship registry today ranks tenth among international fleets and third in the EU. Cyprus is also a major ship management centre worldwide, with approximately 60 ship management companies operating on the island.


http://famagusta-gazette.com/eu-fms-urg ... 699-69.htm
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Re: EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

Postby Get Real! » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:42 pm

Why is every newspaper article turned into a thread these days by a small group of people?

You think we’re stupid and cannot find/read the articles ourselves?

What is the debate at hand in this thread and where is YOUR input?
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Re: EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

Postby kurupetos » Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:55 pm

My input is exactly equal to my output. Therefore the balance is 0. :lol:
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Re: EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

Postby Jerry » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:17 pm

humanist wrote:
EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE • Mon, Dec 05, 2011
TURKEY must work to support a Cyprus settlement and open its ports to the Republic of Cyprus as it has committed to do, Foreign Ministers from eleven EU member states have stressed.

In an article in the euobserver, entitled ''The EU and Turkey: steering a safer path through the storms'' the Foreign Ministers point out that a Cyprus settlement would have benefits extending well beyond the island, from aviation safety to more efficient EU/NATO co-operation.

''Turkey must also work to support a Cyprus settlement, and open its ports to the Republic of Cyprus as it has committed to do'', they underline.

The Foreign Ministers note that negotiations on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem have now reached an intensive phase and add ''we welcome the commitment of President Christofias and Dr Eroglu to work within the UN framework for a successful outcome''.

In addition, they note that ''Turkey’s accession process is of vital strategic and economic importance for both the EU and Turkey''.

Concluding, the eleven Foreign Ministers say they ''welcome Turkey’s commitment to continuing reforms to meet its European goal and offer her our full support''.

The article is signed by the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and the UK.

In April 1987 Turkey imposed restrictions on Cypriot flagged vessels and in May 1997 Ankara issued new orders to extend the restrictions to include ships under a foreign flag which had any relation with the Republic of Cyprus

These restrictions disrupt shipping and air traffic, in addition to causing huge financial and other problems. Annual losses for Cyprus’ economy because of the restrictions amounted to 138,5 million euro in 2008, accounting for 1,3 % of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

The shipping industry records annual losses amounting to 100 m. euro. It is noted that 16% of the EU registered ships cannot dock at Turkish ports.

The Cyprus shipping register represents nearly 12% of the European registry and one quarter of the world’s ship management is represented by Cyprus.

Several official EU documents outline Turkey’s legal obligation to lift its embargo on Cypriot and EU shipping but so far Ankara has refused to meet its EU commitments.

The Cyprus ship registry today ranks tenth among international fleets and third in the EU. Cyprus is also a major ship management centre worldwide, with approximately 60 ship management companies operating on the island.


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Well that's interesting, thanks for bringing it to my/our attention. I don't have time to trawl through all Cyprus related reports and articles.

It looks like the EU may start to put the screws on Turkey. According to Zaman today (I dare not give you a quote or reference) investment from Europe into Turkey has fallen sharply as no doubt will its exports to the EU as the economic crisis deepens. With a bit of carrot and loads of stick now is the time to make Turkey adhere to UN resolutions and international law.
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Re: EU FMs urge Turkey to work for Cyprus solution

Postby humanist » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:00 pm

GR your becoming a boring winging man. I suggest that if you have nothing nice to say
click on another thread. Some people may not see the articles and the contribution could be posting for people to read and generate a discussion.
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