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TURKEY: Rompuy, Barroso urge Erdoğan to help reach a Cyprus settlement

10 August, 2014

Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso look forward at continued support from newly-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a settlement in Cyprus and of the Kurdish issue.
In a joint message, congratulating Erdoğan on his election, the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission note that Turkey is a key partner for the European Union, comprising a candidate country negotiating EU accession, a neighbour, an important trade partner and a foreign policy ally.
“We look forward to enhancing our cooperation in all these areas” the Presidents of the EU institutions note.
They also stress their expectation that Erdoğan will maintain the conciliatory role that his new position involves, and strive to encompass all communities, beliefs, sensitivities, opinions and lifestyles of the Turkish society.
“We also look forward to your continuing support to the current process aiming at a settlement of the Kurdish issue, in which you already invested valuable efforts and on your continuing support to reach a settlement in Cyprus” the message by Rompuy and Bassoso concludes.