Turkey has indicated that it is willing to open one harbour and one airport to ships and planes from the Republic of Cyprus. The move is aimed at preventing the country’s accession talks with the European Union from being frozen.
EU Presidency-holder Finland has confirmed that Turkey has made such a proposal. The ambassadors of the EU countries will discuss the matter today in Brussels.
Reuters News Agency says that the Turkish Foreign Ministry did not have any detailed comments on the matter. A ministry spokesman said that discussions are still continuing.
The EU has threatened to freeze part of Turkey’s membership talks, because the country has not opened its harbours and airports to transport from Cyprus. A decision on the matter had been scheduled for Monday next week.
It was not immediately certain if Turkey’s proposed compromise would be sufficient for Cyprus.