Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the European Union to take a clear position on the issue of Turkey's full membership in the Union, the Turkish site Haberturk reported.
Negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU were launched since 2005. Despite the support to Turkey's accession by most members, France and Germany flatly refused to grant full membership, offering instead a "privileged partnership" to which Ankara does not agree.
Speaking at an international business forum in Istanbul, Erdogan urged the EU to openly express its position on the Turkish membership, and not seek a pretext for procrastination in the integration of his country into the European political and economic bloc.
The problem of a divided Cyprus is a major stumbling block in Turkey's negotiations with the EU. Ankara has repeatedly said it will not open its sea and air ports of the Republic of Cyprus until the international isolation of northern Cyprus is ended, which provides an additional protocol to the Customs Union signed in 2005.
Turkey also refuses to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, which, in turn, is a member of the EU, until the problem is solved.