Turkey makes progress toward EU

After another round of extensive talks, the EU and Turkey have welcomed an agreement via a joint declaration on the long-running Cyprus situation, with progress made concerning several other obstacles that have hindered Turkey’s accession to the EU.

It is hoped that the declaration will act as a bridge to resume negotiations on how to defuse the dispute between the Turkish controlled north and the Greek controlled south of Cyprus.

 Cyprus now hopes that it can carry out its intention to accommodate a vision for a settlement tailored to a vision preferred by the EU, as was indicated at the time of Cyprus’s entry into the EU in 2004.

A meeting between the High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was also thought to have broken down barriers between the two parties.

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