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Monday, February 28, 2005

JTW Comment - Relations between Europe, NATO and Turkey

"Relations between Europe, NATO and Turkey
Ferai Tinc
Columnist Ferai Tinc comments on relations between Europe, NATO and Turkey. A summary of her column is as follows:

“A problem in Brussels has blown up into a crisis. The Cyprus issue is the reason for this crisis. As Turkey put the brakes on the Cyprus issue, the European Union and NATO can’t make strategic decisions. I wrote yesterday that although it seemed to have softened with US President George W. Bush’s visit, the conflict between Europe and the US hasn’t been solved completely. The US wants to continue its strategic relations with Europe under the umbrella of NATO, whereas a group of European countries want to transform this into bilateral relations. Brussels favors holding discussions with Washington outside NATO."

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