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All of Cyprus is now in the EU de iure as Northern Cyprus is not recognised internationally. De facto, the Cypriot government does not have control of the Northern territory. There wre several proposed treaties to solve this problem. The plan was that both sides would approve the plan, Cyprus would be reunified and then Cyprus would join the EU.

As it happened, the North approved the latest plan, the South didn't, and still the EU went ahead with accession and now it cannot use accesion as a carrot to solve the Cyprus problem.

So you should be very careful about using joint EU accession as a tool to resolve the Kosovo situation.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 07:05:41 AM EST
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Precisely - the EU went ahead when only one party was on board and that destroyed the prospects for agreement.  That was a big mistake.  My point about Kosovo/Serbia was precisely that it would have to be a joint/simultaneous/mutually agreed accession

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 07:33:29 AM EST
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