President, Germany’s FM talk EU-Turkey relations
The Cyprus problem, EU-Turkey relations and regional issues were among the subjects dealt with in today’s meeting between President Anastasiades with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Walter Steinmeier, at the Presidential Palace, said the Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides.
In his remarks to reporters following the meeting, Christodoulides said, as well as the Cyprus problem, the President and Germany’s FM discussed EU-Turkey relations, regional issues and the recent events in Paris.
During today’s meeting there was also discussion about the situation in the region, the Middle East, and in particular the role that Cyprus can play in addressing problems of the region, the Government Spokesman added.
Furthermore, asked whether anything was said at the meeting about the issue of opening chapters in the process for the accession course of Turkey to the EU, the Spokesman said: “Merkel, when she was in Turkey, referred to chapter 17. I remind you that a meeting followed between the President and Merkel in Spain, on the sidelines of the Convention of the European Popular Party.”
Moreover, Christodoulides noted that, “Our positions are very clear. The accession course of Turkey depends exclusively and only on Turkey. There are specific obligations; there is the Negotiating Framework, and the periodic decisions of the European Council that define very clearly how the accession process of Turkey can proceed. Consequently, it is up to Turkey to move on with those actions in order for its course toward Europe to advance.”
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