EU warns Turkey over Cyprus.

By bne IntelliNews December 15, 2010
In a statement released after the Council of Europes general affairs meeting EU ministers warn that Turkey has still not made progress towards the necessary normalising of its relations with Cyprus. The council says that Turkey continues refusing to fulfil its obligation of full implementation of the Additional Protocol and in the absence of progress on this issue, the Council will maintain its measures from 2006, which will have a continues effect on the overall progress of negotiations. Negotiations have reached a more demanding stage and the Council notes that Turkey will be able to accelerate the pace of negotiations by advancing in the fulfilment of benchmarks, meeting the requirements of negotiating framework and by respecting its contractual obligations towards the EU, the statement reads. The Council also encourages Turkey to further improve fundamental rights and freedoms in law and in practise especially in the areas of freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

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