POLITICS > EU pays the price for admitting Cyprus: Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan


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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech at Budapest's ELTE University. Israel's Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor was in the audience, according to daily Hürriyet. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech at Budapest's ELTE University. Israel's Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor was in the audience, according to daily Hürriyet. AA photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has once again slammed the European Union for granting membership to Cyprus, despite the reunification refusal among the Greek population in 2004’s referendum, saying that after the global financial crisis the Mediterranean island has gradually become a burden for other EU members. 

“They admitted south Cyprus and now they are paying the price. [The president of Cyprus, Demetris] Christofias said the other day that they went bankrupt. Now [the EU] will have to support [Cyprus],” Erdoğan has said in a speech at Elte University of Budapest during his bilateral visit to Hungary.

Erdoğan argued that the membership of some countries had nothing to do with the European acquis as they were admitted for “pure ideological sake” and Cyprus was one of them. He also called upon countries that pushed for a two-state solution to “embrace their promises.” 

“To begin, south Cyprus is not a state, it’s an administration. There is no such thing as Cyprus as a country. There is the Greek Administration of South Cyprus and there is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the north of the green line,” Erdoğan said.


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gercek sesi

2/9/2013 3:32:40 PM

@kypros, if you are sincere about a solution, then show us tcs some goodwill. you go on about resolutions and eu principles because they favour the gcs.A solution will only occur if you are prepared to play an active role, you sid no to annan, was that positive on your part, time shows it wasnt! You want to use turkish airspace and ports, what will the Tcs get in return, your side blocks all the positive measures, history will show which side made a reconcilation between north & south impossible

Chris Green

2/8/2013 1:19:46 PM

Kypros - How can the Republic of Turkey 'hide behind Cyprus'? In the physical sense this is a nonsense and in the metaphorical sense even more so. Frankly and as I have said so many times before, south Cyprus are similar to motherland Greece only in so far as they both represent little more than the irritating stones in the shoe not only of the EU but most of the rest of the world that have even heard of south Cyprus! Very soon the north will be annexed to compound your angst!

Peter Kypros

2/8/2013 8:27:56 AM

Mr Erdogan needs to focus on his country and make further changes with respect to human rights and democracy if he sincerely wants to join EU. Playing hard to get and hiding behind Cyprus will not get his country into the EU club. He can also solve the Cyprus problem if he is sincere about it and ready to keep agreements. All he has to do is to work for a solution that is consistent with UN resolutions and EU principles. This is what the people of Cyprus want too.

Chris Green

2/7/2013 10:42:29 AM

All of the various releases and outpourings from the Turkish government appear to be paving a way to a unilateral decision to be made by Turkey in respect of the EU accession process. Assuming a relationship based on mutual trade remains as it is now, this will be better for all concerned. Furthermore it will negate the Cyprus Question and reduce it as a hammer that the Greeks can use against Turkey. Better it will be for Turkey to say Hayir than a Prussian/French 'Nein/Non'.

gercek sesi

2/7/2013 3:42:57 AM

@mara your test is irrevelant it clear to e/one if turkey were a christian country it would have been admitted by now!!! how many muslim countries are members of Eu at this present time?@ nikos , dear sir the economic gap between turkey and several members is indeed huge in the favour of turkey whose economy continues to grow and grow unlike some eu countries who need numerous bailouts to survive,they could learn themselves from the turkish model!turkey should w/draw its eu application!!

Eric Martin

2/6/2013 10:38:17 PM

What does it matter if Cyprus is in the EU. Quit looking for EU membership. These people are just trying to manipulate Turkey. EU membership does not provide a road paved with gold. Turkey's economic problems was always it's own.

mara mcglothin

2/6/2013 9:15:50 PM

The only way to test and see if this is an issue of religious bias is for Turkey to jump through all the hoops required to join the EU and then see? You can bet that the free World would back Turkey should that come to pass.

mara mcglothin

2/6/2013 9:14:29 PM

ANTON And I can guarantee you that if Turkey was majority Christian and had the same human rights violations and the restriction of society and lack of democracy, they wouldn't be in the club either. Simple.

Sid Mark

2/6/2013 7:50:31 PM

@Murat.Joining any organisation?I think you are half way through of what you heard.

Nikos T.

2/6/2013 6:10:56 PM

@Murat, EU a mostly financial union is the closest thing to Europe that Turkey could ever come to. Even if this slogan of yours was true, Turkey still has nothing to do with it. The cultural, ethical, democratic, education etc gap between Europe and Turkey is huge. And this won't change, at least for this century.
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