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Turkey: EU Membership

Volume 709: debated on Monday 16 March 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely timescale for admitting Turkey to the European Union if there is a settlement of the Cyprus dispute. [HL1966]

There is no set timetable for the conclusion of accession negotiations with any candidate country. The pace of progress of negotiations with Turkey is determined by the pace of Turkey's own reforms to meet the EU accession criteria including good neighbourly relations. On Cyprus, if Turkey fulfilled its commitments to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels, it would allow the unfreezing of eight negotiation chapters and allow for the provisional closing of chapters that are ready.