''Arab Spring'' Cyprus

NOW IT’S TURKISH OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS’ TURN TO REVOLT…….

You’ll have to ask yourself why the Christian half of Cyprus is not in revolt, the Tundra Tabloids thinks it’s because the unoccupied south is not ruled by Muslims. KGS

NewEurope: The main stumbling block on Turkey’s path is the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement, which Turkey signed in July 2005 after being persuaded by Tony Blair that it was a “legal fact” that Turkey’s signature did not involve the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus. The EU took a different view and reminded Turkey that its accompanying declaration of non-recognition was unilateral and had no legal effect on Turkey’s obligations under the Protocol.

Consequently, Turkey’s refusal to open its ports and airspace to Cypriot registered shipping and aircraft has resulted in not only eight negotiating chapters being frozen by the European Council but a further ten being blocked because of French and Cypriot opposition. The result is now a stalemate with only three chapters being left to open.

The current round of reunification talks, which began in September 2008 under the two community leaders,Dimitris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, has also stalled. On  1 July 2008 the two leaders, who share a common background in the trade union  movement, agreed in principle on the issues of single sovereignty and citizenship for a united Cyprus, which is in line with the agreed UN parameters for reunification.

More here.

H/T; Henrik R Clausen

2 Responses

  1. The main stumbling block on Turkey’s path is the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement, which Turkey signed in July 2005 after being persuaded by Tony Blair that it was a “legal fact” that Turkey’s signature did not involve the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Well done Blair.

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