Cyprus satisfied over EU-Turkey Summit results

Cyprus satisfied over EU-Turkey Summit results

The Cypriot government has expressed its satisfaction over the results of the EU-Turkey Summit, that was held on Sunday in Brussels, focusing on the refugee crisis and Turkey`s role in curbing the influx of refugees to Europe.

Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, has also welcomed the support by leaders from the fellow member states in reminding Ankara over its obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus.

In a written statement that was submitted during the Summit, Nicosia recognises the need for collective action to tackle the refugee crisis, it notes, however, that Turkey`s EU accession course depends on the implementation of its obligations vis-à-vis EU and all its member states.

According to an official announcement, Nicosia has made particular reference to Ankara`s obligations, as mentioned in the negotiating framework,, the relevant Council Conclusions and the Declaration by the European Community and the Member States of September 21, 2005.

On the EU-Turkey Summit, which resulted in Ankara agreeing to help the EU stem the flow of migrants, in return for 3 bln euros of support and the reactivation of accession talks, the Cypriot government notes that member states` financial contribution is non-obligatory.

The government finally welcomes a reference included in the Council`s statement, that the Visa Roadmap benchmarks need to be fulfilled vis-à-vis all member states.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed last May.