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Turkey will pay a price for not participating in EU meetings in protest at Greek Cyprus’ term presidency of the bloc, the country’s foreign minister has said.

“Turkey’s seat was there, Turkey’s name was there but no one sat in that chair,” said Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, claiming that Turkey was “losing many things” by being absent from the meetings. Turkey has to be in the same room with Greek Cyprus in order to advance in its EU bid, Kozakou-Marcoullis said. “We will see that this tactic [of not attending meetings that are chaired by Greek Cyprus] will have a boomerang effect. Many EU members and European Parliament will change their attitude toward Turkey,” she said. Turkey has repeatedly said it will not participate in any meetings held by Greek Cyprus during its EU post.


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Chris Green

8/14/2012 10:49:11 PM

Turkey have lost nothing because in respect of the EU they have nothing anyway! They are highly unlikely to join, more likely to withdraw from the accession process anyway and as for Cyprus the island is permanently divided and mere Greeks can do nothing whatsoever to change this, much less can they even dream of dislodging the vastly superior TSK!

belal zakaria

8/13/2012 3:49:15 PM

Turks returning home from EU after nightmare.world immigrant will be going home too.Nicosia is1000km from Athen(greece) or 400km from Tel aviv.North Cyprus-Nicosia is border.What will it take to change 5 million Turks vs700K (christian greek)?Wage a war?1938(attaturk)- 2012=74 yrs .European Superiority complex is heading back to old menial job workers,farmers (in absence of asian african south american )heading to lower status as before.Turks and other are going back to first class in own home


8/13/2012 3:28:05 PM

Greeks just dont get it. Last train was the UN plan, which was a huge compromise given the fact that the two communities were never united in the first place. Greeks shot it down, not Turks. It was 1960 plan that took Cyprus to 1974. Time to move on. EU is not part of the soution, it is part of the problem now.


8/13/2012 3:23:58 PM

The turk EU application should never have been accepted. It's not as if they're European. The turks have more in-common with Iran and Afghanistan than they do with Europe.


8/13/2012 12:12:24 PM

The Cyprus conflict started long time before South Cyprus joined the EU, so its a chain reaction of EU mistakes going on. Turkish Cypriots punished while they choose to reunite and the Greek Cypriots did not. Whoever doesn't see this injustice will PAY at the end an even bigger price.

Johanna Dew

8/13/2012 11:06:31 AM

Turkey is never promised any EEG or EU membership. Pure propaganda as Turkey submitted its application for the EEG on 14 April 1987 and was rejected. Only in December 1999 it application was accepted with special notes and recommendations about Cyprus but Denktash didn't want to listen.

Johanna Dew

8/13/2012 10:56:08 AM

@Blue: you become more and more the face of the old Turkey which (like the new one) always blame 'foreigners & foreign powers' for Turkey their own failures. Besides the fact that its pathetic its racist too. What Turkey loose without the EU? Besides billions of €...a safety net when your economy is in scrambles...as usual because of bad government!

mistique holland

8/13/2012 10:40:33 AM

NEVER EVER join the EU. You give away all control of your own country and the Turkish people. You HAVE to do what Brussel wants and it costs biljons of euro(liras) to stay in. You'l never ever have another say in your own country. We knows it down here in Europe, but much worse we FEEL it, financilly is the worst.....Be wise....It alreadey started by forcing you to be the lesser party in cases with Kurdistan, Turkish Cyprus etc etc...say NO NO NO

sam stevens

8/13/2012 10:26:32 AM

I think Turkey has realised there is no chance of her membership,she's too argumentative & spells too much trouble. We have grown used to these hissy fits when the PM can't have his own way, so why on earth admit someone to the club when all he'll do is try to change the rules to suit himself ?

john albay

8/13/2012 9:23:49 AM

what can Turkey lose by not being at a meeting held by a Bankrupt mini statelet? Nothing at all!! As it is the greek occupied zone of cyprus that is blocking everything,and stirring up trouble for Turkey and Turkish cyprus at every chance we are missing Nothing!! From what I hear the EU members are fed up with the greek cypriots and their stupid meeting which are all a complete waste of time and bring Nothing.
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