14 September, 2005
EU Commissioner Olli Rehn on Tuesday reiterated that Turkey must recognize EU member-state Cyprus as soon as possible despite the fact that such recognition is not a pre-condition for Ankara to begin accession negotiations on Oct. 3.
Moreover, Rehn again stressed that Turkey must fully implement a customs union with all of the EU's 25 member-states, a group that includes Cyprus.
The Finnish EU Commissioner spoke here during a meeting of the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee.
Source: Athens News Agency