Turkish EU Minister Calls Greek-Cyprus Membership in EU a Mistake



Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış said during his interview on Bayrak TV of the TRNC on Sunday, November 6, that the EU will be like a “limp duck” as long as the Cyprus Problem remains unsolved.

According to the Turkish minister, a solution to the year-long Cyprus Problem must be found by June 2012, otherwise the Greek-Cypriots will  be the only ones to blame. Mr. Bağış also added that it was a mistake to accept the Greek-Cypriot membership in the EU in the first place and that EU officials have confessed that as well.

The Turkish minister stated that if the Cyprus Problem solution is based on political equality, it will be beneficial for both the future of Turkey and the security of Cyprus and Europe.

“Seventy percent of Europe’s required energy resources were transported from within Turkey’s borders, and Europe did not have the chance to reach those resources without Turkey’s contribution,” Bağış said.

The Turkish minister emphasized the new momentum Turkey could bring into EU processes and how his country will not abandon the TRNC in favor the EU.