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Turkey won´t recognize Greek Cyprus as EU presidency
1.       tunci
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 16 Oct 2011 Sun 02:09 am


Turkey won´t recognize Greek Cyprus as EU presidency

15 October 2011, Saturday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH AP

                    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey´s prime minister says his country will not sit at the table with Greek Cyprus if it assumes the European Union´s presidency before a deal reunifying the ethnically split island is reached.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already warned that Turkey will freeze its relations with the 27-nation bloc if Greek Cyprus takes over its rotating presidency in July 2012.

He said that Turkey will not deal with a "so-called country." Turkey does not recognize the divided island nation as a sovereign nation.

Cyprus was split into an internationally recognized Greek-speaking south and Turkish-speaking north in 1974 when Turkey intervened after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only the Greek section is part of the EU.

Erdoğan spoke Saturday during a televised address to members of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the town of Kızılcahamam, near the Turkish capital of Ankara. He reiterated Turkey´s wish that a unified Greek Cyprus takes over the EU presidency.


Note : I agree, Greek Cyprus is "so-called country "that is spoiled by Europeans.


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