Merkel calls Greek Cyprus' EU membership mistake
( Cihan ) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the EU membership of Greek Cyprus was a mistake.
Speaking at the German Parliament Merkel said that there was no improvement on Greek Cyprus' state during the presidency of Germany.
The chancellor stressed that there have been no changes in the policies of both Turkey and Greek Cyprus during the negotiations and that this had been a criteria showing that countries with unsolved internal issues should be accepted to the union only after the problems are solved.
Merkel said that negotiations with an 'open end' would continue with Turkey.
On the other hand, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn spoke at a press conference in Berlin and said that progress in negotiations on chapters was as important as the final membership goal for Turkey.
Rehn also said that the union needs to convince Turkey that it was serious about the membership negotiations.