"Turkey's Obligations to Europe"...

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Spiegel Online - "Turkey's Obligations to Europe":

13 June 2006

Accession talks between the European Union and Turkey get the go ahead after 
foreign ministers agree to demand that Ankara open its ports and airports to 
trade with Greek Cyprus. But in Germany, where public opinion is divided 
over Turkish membership in the EU, reactions are mixed.

At first, it looked like the first day of talks between Turkey and the 
European Union for eventual membership in the elite club would fall through. 
Veto-wielding Greek Cyprus threatened to derail the talks if other EU member 
states didn't insist that Ankara open its ports and airports to all European 
Union member states, including Greek Cyprus.

Turkey Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul only traveled to Luxembourg on Monday 
after it was clear that EU accession talks would begin.
Turkey agreed to do so nearly a year ago but still hasn't moved to implement 
the plan. EU foreign ministers agreed that Turkey must do so or there will 
be delays in negotiations over its possible future membership. After 
reaching the agreement, Cyprus dropped its objections to opening talks and, 
after a delay, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul boarded a jet for the 
talks in Luxembourg. Once there, Turkey and the EU wrapped up talks on 
science and research, the first and least contentious of 35 areas of EU 

Cyprus joined the EU in May 2004, although it's been tensely divided between 
Greek and Turkish claims since 1974. Turkey occupies the northern third of 
the island, where many Turks don't want to live under Greek Cypriot rule. 
For a number of years, the United Nations has been seeking to broker a deal 
to reunite the island's two halves.

As with the German population, the country's newspapers also hold a mixed 
view of the latest developments on Turkey's path to EU membership.

The left-leaning Berliner Zeitung expresses its "deep concern" over the 
initial threats made by the Greek Cypriots on Monday to stall negotiations 
with Ankara. Two years ago, the paper notes, Greek Cypriots rejected a 
referendum to reunite the island -- largely because they didn't want to 
recognize the right of Anatolian settlers to remain in Cyprus and they were 
unhappy about the presence of the Turkish military. Consequently, Turkey 
refused to expand the customs union it had agreed to with the EU to include 
the Greek Cypriots. The paper argues that it was the Greek Cypriots -- with 
their fervant desire to join a "Great Greece" that instilled fear in the 
hearts of Turkish Cypriots and eventually triggered the invasion of northern 
Cyprus by a Turkish occupying force in 1974. Two years ago, the northern 
Cypriots voted to reunite with the south. They were, of course, deeply 
disappointed when Greek Cypriots spurned their overture. But southern Cyprus 
is suffering from its decision -- and the economy and tourism is now booming 
in the far prettier Turkish half, the paper writes. "The northern part of 
Cyprus is dealing with facts," the paper concludes, "but southern Cyprus is 
just further isolating itself in the EU."

Germany's two major conservative papers take a more critical view of Ankara.

Noting that Ankara agreed to a customs union with all the new EU member 
states, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung calls Turkey's failure to 
implement the deal "absurd." Turkey, it argues, has "thus far failed to 
comply with the regulations because it does not want to recognize Greek 
Cyprus. Ankara wants to become a member of the EU ... yet it doesn't want to 
recognize a member." The warning the EU has given Ankara about keep its 
committments is to be expected. "Yes, it's true that the decision to begin 
talks was made last October -- and there was a lot of dishonesty at play 
then," including the way Europe treated Turkey, "and the Europeans have to 
keep their promise, too." But it's also true, the paper adds, that Turkey's 
eventual membership in the EU is not seen as a strategic goal by every 
member state. And each of the 35 negotiating issues must be opened and 
closed with every member state on the same page. "Unanimity means unanimity, 
and that's just the way it goes," the paper writes. The arguments in favor 
of Turkey's accession stand against good reasons to reject it. For that 
reason, the paper concludes, "talks must now be held honestly and with the 
end results (of those talks) 'truly open.'"

A year ago, Die Welt writes, Turkey would have signed just about anything in 
order to get talks started with the EU. A year on, Turkey has failed to 
fulfil the pledges it made to extend the customs agreement to include the 10 
new members -- and Brussels has just looked on "helplessly." On Monday, 
however, "the 25-member states sent a clear message that accession talks 
will fail if Ankara continues with the same tactics it has used up until 
now." Ankara, it adds, does not acknowledge Cyprus and does not ahere to the 
customs union even though it signed an agreement with the EU. "Whether or 
not negotiations continue or not will now largely rest on whether Turkey 
implements the customs union and recognizes Cyprus."

The Financial Times Deutschland describes the 11th hour deal in Luxembourg 
as a "typical EU compromise" -- in other words, it just couldn't be cut 
without the greatest possible diplomatic drama. The paper writes that 
Cypress is entitled to demand that Ankara quickly recognize the government 
of the Greek half of the island and that it expand its customs union. "It's 
unimaginable that the EU would spend years negotiating with a Turkey that 
refused to recognize one of its member states," the paper adds. Still, there 
was no reason on Monday to let negotiations falter on the topic of research 
and science. Turkey is already fulfilling Europe's demands in this area and 
talks should therefore move forward in this area. "There will be more 
opportune times ahead for the EU to denounce Turkish deficiencies if that is 
necessary," it adds. Finally, the paper writes, "Cyprus needs to stop 
threatening Turkey. Not only because it is impossible to establish normal 
relations on Cyprus without Turkey, but also because each part of the island 
can contribute to the normalization of relations ... The people of Cyprus 
need to realize how bad destructive politics looks in Brussels."




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retard? Doesn't look like it at all, notorious loser! <BG>

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again who beats the shit out of him EVERY DAY! 

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by gogu! LOL!