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Turkish Diplomat Indicates Chance for Compromise on EU Accession  - 2004-12-17


Turkish diplomats in Brussels are reporting movement toward compromise on European Union demands that Turkey recognize the Greek-led government of Cyprus before formally opening membership talks.

A Turkish envoy told reporters in Brussels Turkey offered to give an oral pledge to recognize the Cyprus government before the start of accession talks in October. EU leaders Thursday had suggested that Turkey extend its existing customs agreement with the union to the 10 new EU members, including Cyprus, thus indirectly recognizing its government.

Turkey has previously ruled out any recognition of the Greek Cypriot government and called for EU membership talks without conditions.

Cyprus has been split between separate Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot administrations since 1974, but only Turkey recognizes the self-declared Turkish state in northern Cyprus.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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