Turkey hopes for new page in EU accession process FM

ANKARA Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu hoped Wednesday that to open a new page in his country’s EU accession process.

Speaking at a meeting with ambassadors of EU member countries here, Turkish Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Cavusoglu as underlining the EU’s stance on Turkey’s activities in the Mediterranean Sea and Libya, as well as anti terror Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, has caused tensions in their relations.

“We need to increase our communication even further on these issues,” Cavusoglu said, adding that it concerns all countries of the eastern Mediterranean.

He demanded the EU to act neutrally in forming a mechanism on the Turkish Cypriots’ rights of natural resources.

Tensions between Turkey versus Greece with Cyprus, which are both members of the EU, increased when Ankara signed a deal regarding areas in the Mediterranean with the Libyan Government of National Accord last November.

Accordingly, Turkey denounced the application for EU membership in 1987, but accession negotiations started in 2005 then stopped in 2007 due to opposition from Cyprus, Germany and France.

Source: Kuwait News Agency