"The commission considers that the Turkish initiative, if confirmed, is an important step toward the full implementation of the Ankara Protocol [committing Turkey to open its ports and airports to all EU traffic]," she said. "This should have a positive influence on the discussion concerning the management of the continuation of the accession negotiations with Turkey.".
The European Union has threatened to partially freeze membership talks if Ankara does not agree to open its ports to Cyprus, whose Greek-Cypriot administration Turkey does not recognize.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry declined to provide any details.
(Reuters, AP, AFP)
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