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EU Minister Egemen Bağış (R) gives a press confence with EU Commisisoner for Enlargement Stefan Füle in this 2011 photo. ‘Reunification of Cyprus is not a dream but an opportunity to be seized,’ the commissioner says in Nicosia. AFP photo

EU Minister Egemen Bağış (R) gives a press confence with EU Commisisoner for Enlargement Stefan Füle in this 2011 photo. ‘Reunification of Cyprus is not a dream but an opportunity to be seized,’ the commissioner says in Nicosia. AFP photo

Greek Cyprus’ rotating presidency of the EU Council will not hinder reunification talks, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle said June 20, following a meeting with top Turkish Cypriot officials.

“This visit provides me with an opportunity to express my belief that Greek Cyprus’ EU post will not contradict with the continuation of reunification talks,” Füle told reporters in Nicosia during the inauguration ceremony of an EU-funded marketplace, while insisting that there is no alternative to reunification.

“The worst scenario is the halt of negotiations. There is no ‘Plan B,’ and the benefits of a possible solution are greater than the concessions the leaders would make,” the commissioner said, urging both sides to carry on with reunification talks during the Cyprus presidency. The EU Council presidency will positively affect works designed for the solution of the Cyprus problem, Füle said. “Reunification of Cyprus means a united Europe. And it is not a dream but an opportunity to be seized.”

The Greek Cypriot administration will assume the EU term presidency on July 1. Füle met with several politicians and opposition parties, including Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu and Prime Minister İrsen Küçük, after earlier talks in Greek Cyprus.

June/22/2012

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Brit in Turkey

6/24/2012 6:56:34 PM

@Mark Mark - You were around in the '50s and '60s were you, so you know first hand of the troubles caused by the Greeks in Cyprus? For your information I am of an age to remember those times.

Mark Mark

6/23/2012 1:42:28 PM

@Brit in turkey - maybe you should ask the question to the TSK and the British authorites?

Murat

6/22/2012 7:30:12 PM

Mr Fule is a party to the conflict. He does not make or call plans, what a ridiculous statement. There was a UN plan and Greeks rejected soundly. EU is no longer a neutral party. End of the story. TCs will chart their course as they have for decades. No one can force unifiation on anyone. They were never united and always seperate in any case.

Brit in Turkey

6/22/2012 7:29:43 PM

@Mark Mark - How would you like it if you and your family were to be the victims of ethnic cleansing? Just think what it must have been like for Turkish Cypriots in the '50s and '60s.

Mark Mark

6/22/2012 3:48:23 PM

@Chris Green - Now we know what you have said is not true and that the TSK had in hand in moving these people into enclaves sometimes usng extreme violence. Remember Turk to Turk? Now once again, how would you like it if you were evicted from your property and prevented from returning back to it by a foreign army?

Chris Green

6/22/2012 1:46:44 PM

Mark: About the same as I`d feel if I was being forced out of 'our beloved England' by those we thought were our neighbours who then pushed us into the hills or open fields or just 3% of the landmass of our island home. In the case of Cyprus, the TSK intervened to prevent the completion of this extermination project. In fact, they intervened twice: August 6-8th, 1964 (Erenkoy) and of course in 1974. Yes the Greeks lost property and more but they were wholly the authors of their own distress!

Mark Mark

6/22/2012 1:33:08 PM

@John Albay -in terms of embargoes, the current regime in the north has implemented a ban on TC's using RoC passports. As result they are having diffilculty travelling.Is this not a breach of their human rights, is it not another self imposed embargo? @Chris Green -how would you feel if the army came and took away your home in our beloved England and refused to let you claim it back?

Nadiri Başaran

6/22/2012 12:37:32 PM

No solution to Cyprus is possible 'til the Greeks accept Turks as equal partners, which I fear will never happen. Turks need to go their own way!

Chris Green

6/22/2012 12:21:54 PM

There most definitely is a Plan-B; it has been the topic of discussion for some years publicly so one would have to think that the politicians would be even further down the line with it! Sources told me months ago that in a scenario of the creation of the 82nd State (of Turkey) the Governor-Apparent has already been named! The Peace & Freedom Day celebrations this July could have far more than the usual aerial 'buzz' provided by the Turkish Stars!

Ozgur Erhan

6/22/2012 11:23:58 AM

Mr Fule's comments on Cyprus are just the latest bit of unreal idiocy in the long line of EU words and actions on Cyprus. Along with 'grexit' one of the great Greek gifts to Europe. Big countries like Germany, France, and Britain have tied themselves to a tiny belligerent microstate and sacrificed a stable eastern Mediterranean. An organisation as stupid as this does not deserve to survive and it won't.
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