by Upstate NY
Sat Sep 3rd, 2005 at 04:01:02 AM EST
Promoted from the diaries (with small edit) ~ whataboutbob
Turkey rejects conditions
This is the latest on the talks this weekend over Turkish accession. Apparently, the Brits, Germans and French have agreed to a supplemental sheet nullifying Turkey's codicil which in effect nullifies the customs union with the entire EU. The new amendment states that Turkey must open its ports to Cyprus. Turkey's FM has already rejected the idea. Hence, they are at loggerheads. What isn't known presently is whether France will insist that the customs union be put into effect prior to the start of negotiations. Some believe the EU is still in disagreement over this. But all are agreed that the customs union will not go into effect for ALL EU countries until the ban on Cypriot ships is lifted.
So, essentially, the EU has now hit a snag that was not at all addressed or envisioned in last December's decision to begin negotiations. Once again, the EU is not doing its homework, and its cavalier attitude toward diplomacy is constantly getting it in the way. When negotiating a customs union next time, make sure the terms are spelled out completely so that codicils nullifying codicils nullifying codicils become unnecessary.
Say what you will about France's recent conversion on Turkey, but it has removed one big headache from the accession process. Everyone feared that Cyprus would immediately sue to implement the customs union and therefore would muck up the accession process and the EU court system, but France's power play has produced some unity on the issue. Now, Cyprus has no right to sue because there will be no customs union unless it's applied to all 25 states.