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EU partially freezes talks with Turkey

December 12, 2006|From Reuters

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday on a partial freeze of Turkey's membership talks to penalize Ankara for failing to normalize trade with Cyprus.

But they also emphasized that there should be no breakdown in the talks.

The negotiations are divided into 35 policy areas, covering issues that include trade and financial services, and ministers decided unanimously to suspend talks on eight of them.

Cyprus has been split since Turkish troops invaded in 1974 after a Greek Cypriot coup. The EU admitted the divided island as a member in 2004, represented only by the Greek Cypriots.

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