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Foreign Minister Davutoğlu “Cyprus question should not be an obstacle between Turkey and the EU anymore”

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu “Cyprus question should not be an obstacle between Turkey and the EU anymore”

Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey met with Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, November 8, 2013, in Ankara.

Speaking to the press members following the meeting, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stressed that Turkey-EU relations are of great importance for both sides and stated that the Cyprus question which affects negatively the new momentum in bilateral relations was discussed. Pointing out that Turkey has displayed determination and will with a view to finding a solution which ensures durable peace in Cyprus, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said that it is Turkey’s expectation that the comprehensive negotiations on the Cyprus question should start immediately and thus the Cyprus question should not be an obstacle between the EU and Turkey anymore.

Referring to his meeting in New York with Evangelos Venizelos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu pointed out that Turkey attaches importance to the reciprocal visits of the Representatives of Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to Ankara and Athens.

Recalling the recent positive developments in the relations between Turkey and the EU, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stated that the latest EU Progress Report was the most balanced one in recent years and the chapter 22 was opened after the Report was published paving the way for progress in relations. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu noted that he was glad to see that the differences of opinion on Visa Exemption and Readmission Treaty are being resolved and pointed out that the progress on visa facilitation will be the most positive signal for Turkish people in terms of Turkey-EU relations.

EU Commissioner Füle said that the new momentum was a result of the Positive Agenda which was initiated last year and that they aim to open all other chapters. He shared his belief that, the results of the efforts towards concluding the Readmission Agreement and starting dialogue on visa exemption will be seen in the short term.