Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan has said that the EU is now paying the price for allowing Greek Cypriot membership status. Following global financial crises, the Mediterranean had now become a burden on the EU, he said.
He pointed to the hypocrisy of letting south Cyprus join the EU despite the fact that the Greek Cypriots had voted against the Annan Plan in 2004 which would have reunited the island.
The Turkish Prime Minister, speaking to an audience at Elte University of Budapest in Hungary said that admission to the EU, for some candidates was not based on fulfilling the European ‘acquis’ but rather on political expediency. He cited that Cyprus was one such case.
He asked that member countries who were in support of a two-state Cyprus should “embrace their promises”.