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Divided Cyprus like a married couple: says Bagis

18 April 2013

Turkish and Greek Cyprus are a couple whose troubled marriage requires the intervention of their “parents” – Turkey, Greece and Britain – if the bond is going to be saved, Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis has told ‘Wort’, a Luxemburg newspaper.

“They are like married couples. Turkey, Greece and Britain are like parents who want to save their marriage. Both sides in Cyprus should decide if their marriage will continue or not, just like adults. Whatever their decision is, we will respect this,” he said in his interview with the newspaper.

Bagis also denied the Cyprus issue would be an obstacle preventing Turkey’s EU accession, given that it had not hampered Greece’s EU membership in the past.

“We should encourage both sides in Cyprus to find a solution together,” Bagis said.

 

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