21 January 2014 12:01

NICOSIA - President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday briefed European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s scheduled visit to Brussels today.
In the telephone conversation, the President informed Rompuy over efforts to reach a substantial agreement concerning a common declaration that will pave the way for the resumption of Cyprus talks.
Erdogan is expected to highlight the need for a timetable to his country’s EU accession bid, while European Union officials are likely to voice concerns over the recent political turmoil in Ankara following the mass purge of senior police officers and the Turkish government’s efforts to impose strict controls on the internet by monitoring the activities of online users.
Ankara began negotiations to join the EU in 2005, but a series of political obstacles, notably the continuing illegal occupation of Cyprus and resistance to Turkey’s EU membership bid by Germany and France have slowed progress.


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