Foreign ministry: 'Implementing Ankara Protocol part of Turkey's obligations to EU'

Greek foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras on Thursday stressed that neighbouring Turkey's must implement the Ankara Protocol as part of its obligations toward the EU.
"Turkey must meet its obligations toward the European Union. The implementation of the Ankara Protocol is Turkey's obligation," Delavekouras stressed in statements to reporters.
He had been asked to comment on a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu concerning Cyprus' upcoming EU presidency in the second half of 2012, which the Turkish minister said would create a stalemate on the Cyprus issue and a freeze in Euro-Turkish relations.
"Turkey is not in a position either to threaten or to blackmail: it has undertaken specific obligations toward the European Union and has an obligation to meet them," Delavekouras stressed.
Replying to questions, the spokesman said that Greece and Turkey were steadfast in desiring to hold a second meeting the Supreme Council of Greek-Turkish Cooperation but that not date for this had yet been set.

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