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Media Watch 2003

24 May 2003
Source: Cyprus Mail
Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 24 May 2003 written by a staff reporter.
Erdogan set to allow Greek Cypriot ships to Turkey

TURKISH PRIME Minister Tayyip Erdogan plans to announce Greek Cypriot ships will be allowed free entrance into Turkish ports, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported yesterday.

The move is designed to show Brussels the Turkish government is determined to take certain initiatives in solving the Cyprus problem, which is one of Turkey’s main obstacles in its EU accession course, said CNA.

According to the news agency, this new development will then be succeeded by free trade between Turkey and Greek Cypriots; only weeks after the Turkish Cypriot regime lifted the 29-year ban on Greek Cypriots crossing over to the occupied areas and a day after they were allowed to visit mainland Turkey.

Meanwhile, it is believed a large chain of Greek Cypriot hotels is prepared to expand to Turkey, while Ankara is working on a new flexible policy with regards to the Cyprus problem. CNA’s sources said Erdogan is determined to restart negotiating the UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan plan, despite Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash’s earlier statements that the Annan plan was aimed at legalising the “illegal Greek Cypriot EU application” and that Cyprus accession had “more of a political aim, rather than a financial one, and wanted to topple the Greco Turkish balance in Cyprus”."