"EU Extorts Turks Before Giving Them the Boot
Monday, June 26, 2006
On Tuesday June 20, European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn warned Turkey that refusal to open its air and shipping ports to vessels flying the Republic of Cyprus flag could lead to a “major” geopolitical “accident” (theparliament.com, June 20).
“If we want to avoid a major problem in the autumn, Turkey needs to stick to its word without hesitation” said Rehn. He cited Turkey’s failure to allow direct trade with Greek Cyprus as a major reason why Turkey’s EU ascension process has been so difficult, even over seemingly nit-picky matters such as science and research."
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