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Bağış: EU negotiations with Turkey to stall during Greek Cypriot presidency

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29 April 2012, Sunday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Turkish EU Affairs Minister and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bağış has said a new chapter would not be opened in Turkey's EU membership negotiations while the Greek Cypriot administration holds the office of the EU's rotating presidency.

The presidency of the Greek Cypriot administration will not change Turkey's stance, added Bağış, who spoke to NTV on Saturday.

“Our relations with the commission, parliament and EU member states will continue as before,” said Bağış. “But we will not establish relations with the Greek Cypriot administration just because some countries call it the EU president.”

“If the Greek Cypriot administration calls on us to open a new chapter, we will give a date after the term of the presidency of the Greek Cypriots has expired,” he added.

Bağış added that European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle will visit Ankara on May 17.

Is it possible Turkey has no more competent person than this former interpreter to represent it's diplomacy in the EU? He is a guy that not only does not know how to talk but even when and how to silent!
Araratian Ararat
The 27 members call Cyprus president, not 'some'. But how do you want to be a member of a club if you don't recognize this club its members? Do you want to change that club their rules first Mr. Bağis? And even the Netherlands has a larger economy than 'booming' Turkey. So where are we talking about...
If Turkey seriously thought that they had a chance to joining the EU they would not have this clown representing them at the EU. What Turkey is doing is trying to get maximum benefit out of pretending to want to join and nothing else.
Uncle Billy
"...we will not establish relations with the Greek Cypriot administration just because some countries call it the EU president.” Some countries? You mean all EU-member countries, the same group you aspire to join? What a ridiculous argument, which makes Turkey look even more ridiculous to the EU. ...
The freeze is the least of your worries Bagis because Cyprus is working frantically to cut off Turkey's EU financial benefits! Dark clouds are forming over Istanbul?
Turkey should stay out of EU forever. Turkish EU Affairs Minister and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bağış is not a negotiator, he has a big conflict maker in all aspect.
Mr. Bagis is Turkey's government comedian. He always creates a great deal of laughter in Brussels.
He is doing a great job and hopefully will serve another term; guess, greeks and armenains are not used to having a Turkish official first of all can speak English for a change and also can explain where turkey stands on issues and looks like they are the only ones who don’t like him anyways and t...
What a unbelievable bunch of imbeciles this gov has got! And these want to be the new "owners and rulers" of the ME! LOL! That way you will never ever get into EU, we shall see to it!
Yet another situation where Turkey cuts off its nose to teach its face a lesson. Regards
Mr Bagis said a couple of months ago that one "plan B" is the Cyprus discussions fail would be to "annex" TRNC. The comment got a lot of attention both in Turkey and abroad. Is this option still on the table? It is rather confusing with Mr Bagis's official stateents. He makes a comment and then we n...
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Mr. Bagis never misses an opportunity to humiate himself on the Diplomatic stage. He's a loose cannon.
This guy is an embarassment for Turkey. He's not only completely unqualified for the position he holds, he's also a fool.
Abner Doubleday
This farce of an EU accession 'minister' can't keep his mouth shut. What an embarassment for Turkey.
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