Slovakia wants timeframe over Turkey’s compliance with EU regulations

Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic believes it is time for the EU to set a timeframe over Turkey’s compliance with accession conditions and regulations.

Mr. Gasparovic, in Cyprus for an official visit, also stressed that the EU favors Turkey’s accession to the EU, just as the Republic of Cyprus does, but surely “with the precondition that it fulfils the conditions and regulations which apply for all EU states”.

He then added: “However, to discuss for 40 years whether the EU will accept Turkey as part of it or if Turkey will discuss for the next 40 years whether it will accept the EU’s conditions, then I think that this is just too much.”

He also stressed: “For this reason I believe that now is the time to speak more specifically and absolutely about fulfilling the terms and preconditions and even set a specific date.”

He then noted that he does not care much about the economic issues ”but the main issue is political and specifically the Cyprus problem”.

Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos told the Slovakian President that his hope is that the UN Secretariat and the Security Council will call on the Turkish side to reactivate unconditionally the UN-brokered July 8, 2006 agreement.

“Apparently, “he noted “this agreement does not satisfy Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, especially Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and they are trying to divert the agreement from the discussion of the substantial issues, bringing back as a basis for the discussion the Annan Plan.”

President Papadopoulos also said that Mr. Talat does not fail to repeat that he wants reunification. However, all his actions are leading towards secessionist trends, he added.

“I hope that the UN Secretariat and the Security Council will ask that words become actions and that the Gambari procedure is reactivated unconditionally”, the President also said.

Source: The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Washington D.C

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