"Turkish PM rules out early recognition of Cyprus
Wed Jul 27, 2005 6:35 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed on Wednesday that Turkey would not recognize Cyprus before there was a comprehensive peace settlement on the divided island.
Turkey is expected to sign a protocol later this week expanding its customs union with the European Union to 10 new member states including Cyprus, but insists that this will not amount to recognition. The signing is the last obstacle Ankara must clear before opening EU entry talks in October."
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