Turkey’s Quest for EU Membership and the Cyprus Problem
Ever since the Turgut Ozal government first submitted Turkey’s application for membership of the European Union (EU) in 1987, it has been widely assumed in many policy circles that Ankara would be required to actively promote a settlement on Cyprus in order to overcome the prospect of a Greek veto on its membership. While Ankara insisted that there ought to be no linkage between its EU membership and a political settlement on the island, Greek governments regularly reminded Ankara that the road to Brussels passed through Cyprus. However, as long as the prospects of Turkish accession were unpromising, Ankara saw no great incentive to revise its policy on Cyprus.
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