Ankara protocol must be implemented, German Chancellor Merkel says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the Ankara Protocol must be implemented and Cyprus issue solved.
Merkel hosted a meeting in Berlin in which she met with the representatives of Turkish press in Germany on Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting, Merkel said that the Ankara Protocol posed a problem in Turkey's EU membership process.
The Ankara Protocol must be implemented. We have to make progress in this matter. I will visit southern Cyprus at the beginning of 2011 and try to do what I can on this matter, Merkel said.
Underlining that Turkey and Germany were two friendly countries, Merkel said that the recent visit of German President Christian Wulff to Turkey made important contributions to relations.
Turkey and Germany are two friends and we can learn a lot from each other. Turkey is an important political and economic partner of Germany, Merkel stressed.
With its young population, Turkey is a dynamic country at the border of the EU. Turkey is an important ally in the G-20 and NATO and in the Middle East, Merkel noted.
We are loyal to all agreements signed in the past in regard to Turkey's EU membership, Merkel also said.
The additional protocol to the Ankara Agreement of 1963 foresees extending Turkey's Customs Union deal with ten countries that joined the European Union (EU) in 2004, including the Greek Cypriot administration.