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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-10-14

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    The Cypriot government considers that the European Commission must recommend particular measures against Turkey, in case Ankara continues not to fulfill its obligations towards the EU and the Republic of Cyprus, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.

    Stephanou`s comments came as the European Commission released on Wednesday two reports, the annual progress report for Turkey and the Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2009-2010, noting, inter alia, Turkey`s refusal to extend Customs Union in order to include the Republic of Cyprus, but refrain from making any recommendations for implementing sanctions against Turkey.

    ``The government considers the Commission must recommend particular measures against Turkey, if it continues not to implement its obligations,`` Stephanou said, adding the government will continue representations towards the EU.

    Stephanou noted that the EU Foreign Ministers Council and the European Council in December will assess Turkey`s progress as well as whether it has fulfilled its obligations and will decide accordingly.

    ``The Commission`s progress report and the Enlargement Strategy constitute the signal for the commencement of deliberations for the assessment of Turkey`s compliance,`` he added.

    Furthermore Stephanou noted that the Commission`s documents record ``an absolute lack of progress with regard to the implementation of Turkish obligations.``

    He also said that some references on Cyprus appear improved, compared to the draft documents, such as the call on Turkey to contribute ``in concrete terms`` to a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

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