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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-16

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    There is no legal option for Cyprus to veto Turkeys accession course to the EU, Foreign Minister, Markos Kyprianoy has explained, as the Union is set to evaluate Ankaras negotiation process in December. The Minister said the government has other options in this regard, such as to object to the opening of some or all the chapters in Turkeys accession negotiations or to adopt unanimously with the rest of the EU members a decision to terminate Ankaras accession course.

    In new remarks on the matter here today, Kyprianou stressed that his statements on Friday regarding Turkeys accession course were misinterpreted. He underlined that he did not refer to any decision by the Cyprus government but to the options we will have legally and objectively before us, in case Turkey does not comply with its EU obligations by December, when the EU will assess its progress. The government, he explained, is preparing for all the scenarios and keeps all the options open, without precluding anything. These options are either a joint decision by the 27 or the possibility for Cyprus to prevent alone or with other countries the opening of some or even all the negotiating chapters in Turkeys accession course. He said also that if Turkey does not comply with its obligations, there will be repercussions.

    We shall decide what these repercussions will be, at the right moment, he added. The decision to start accession negotiations with Turkey taken a few years ago and it stipulates that this course continues unless a unanimous decision to stop it is taken, he added.

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