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Consider, a Turkey that enters the EU will abide by the Aquis. Which means Greek Cypriots will be provided freedom of movement to the north and the right to return to their property by virtue of the Aquis. This is why entering the EU was important for the Greek Cypriots, not because of veto threats over Turkey.

You seem to be making two extremely unlikely assumptions:

  1. That Turkey will join the EU without Cyprus being reunified. Greece and the Republic of Cyprus would veto it.

  2. That Turkish membership of the EU would make the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which in the eyes of the Turkish government is an independent, sovereign state, subject to the EU acquis.
by Gag Halfrunt on Tue Feb 26th, 2008 at 08:52:52 AM EST
Northern Cyprus is subject to the Acquis already as part of Cyrpus, in the eyes of everyone except Turkey.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 26th, 2008 at 08:59:35 AM EST
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Apparently not:
The whole of the island is considered to be part of the EU. However, in the northern part of the island, in the areas in which the Government of Cyprus does not exercise effective control, EU legislation is suspended in line with Protocol 10 of the Accession Treaty 2003. This means for example that these areas are outside the customs and fiscal territory of the EU. However, the suspension does not affect the personal rights of Turkish Cypriots as EU citizens. They are citizens of a Member State, the Republic of Cyprus, even though they may live in the areas not under government control.
by Gag Halfrunt on Tue Feb 26th, 2008 at 10:23:31 AM EST
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#1. I agreed with you on this in the very diary. It was one of my central points. I wrote that no matter if Cyprus entered the EU or not, Greece would have still vetoed it if it were still occupying Cyprus. Frankly, I expect that a great many countries would have. The only argument used against Cyprus's entry is that they possess a veto against Turkey, a veto which Cyprus will not use if Turkey is no longer occupying the country. So that becomes a tautology there. Effectively, with Greece as a proxy for Turkey, Cyprus's admission just doesn't matter.

#2. Migeru explained below that the Acquis is already supposed to be in effect in the north. Furthermore, I can't see how Turkey would enter the EU without the Cyprus problem being solved, so a Turkey inside and a TRNC outside the EU could never exist. That being said, there is a small possibility that a Turkey inside and a TRNC inside could exist if Cyprus and the rest of the European nations agree to recognize it and allow the whole of Cyprus to represent two countries.

That would be a little like splitting off Kosovo...

Oh wait!

by Upstate NY on Tue Feb 26th, 2008 at 09:54:28 AM EST
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