Turkey

Turkey rejects EU’s Cyprus offer to open talks on new chapters

Despite mounting pressure from the European Union to open its ports and airports to the Greek half of Cyprus, Turkey will not be doing so until a settlement on the divided island is reached, a senior state official has said, the online edition of Turkish Zaman daily writes. Turkey strongly …

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Bulgarian party gathered 200,000 signatures for a referendum on Turkish EU accession

The 200,000 signatures required by Bulgarian legislation for Parliament to consider a referendum have been gathered for a vote on Turkish EU accession. This means that the proposal for a referendum will have to be forwarded by the parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs to be voted in plenary. According to …

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EC to urge Turkey to normalise ties with Cyprus, boost human rights

The European Commission (EC) will urge Turkey to normalise ties with Cyprus and boost human rights’ protections in its progress report on the country’s EU bid, local media reported on Sunday (November 7th). According to an advance copy of the document, due for release Tuesday, the Commission will call on …

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Cypriot reunification talks continue

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met on Monday (November 8th) for another round of talks aimed at reunifying the divided island. Discussions are expected to focus on the complex property issue. The two leaders will meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on …

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Turkish PM changes of borders in the Balkans would be detrimental to the region

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Priština that he “does not believe there will be changes of borders in the Balkans” or a partition of Kosovo. Erdogan, whose country recognized the Kosovo Albanian unilateral declaration of independence, said such a

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