Turkey-EU relations not to break down in 2009 over Cyprus: Bagis

Egemen Bagis said that he did not agree with views that there would be a breaking point in Turkey-EU relations due to Cyprus problem at the end of 2009.

Turkey-EU relations not to break down in 2009 over Cyprus: Bagis

Turkey's chief negotiator for European Union (EU) talks said on Wednesday that he did not think that Turkey-EU relations would break down in 2009.

Egemen Bagis, the Turkish state minister and chief negotiator for EU talks, said that he did not agree with views that there would be a breaking point in Turkey-EU relations due to Cyprus problem at the end of 2009.

"Turkey is very important for the EU, and so is the EU for Turkey," Bagis told a press conference in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

Bagis said that if Turkey became more influential in world matters like Middle East peace process, Russian-Georgian crisis, Afghan-Pakistani issue, and Pakistani-Indian dispute, it would have a significant effect on its negotiations with the EU.

The chief negotiator arrived in Brussels at the beginning of this week, and had talks with Guenter Verheugen, the vice president of the European Commission for enterprise and industry; Margot Wallstrom, the vice president of the Commission for institutional relations and communication strategy; Antonio Tajani, the vice president of the Commission for transport; and Andris Piebalgs, the European commissioner for energy.

Bagis also met Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament; Turkey rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten; and Joost Lagendijk, the co-chairman of Turkey-EU Joint Parliament Committee.

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