Summary: Statement by EU Commissioner Rehn on Turkey's Cyprus initiative (24 January 2006: Brussels)
"The European Commission welcomes efforts to achieve progress in the current deadlock with regard to the Cyprus problem. The status quo is in no-one's interest. Turkey's initiative announced by Foreign Minister Gül deserves careful examination and I have asked my services to do so. I understand it is intended as a basis for further discussion with the concerned parties, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Commission is ready to contribute to such a discussion. By signing the Additional Protocol in July 2005, Turkey has made commitments towards the EU and all its Member States, including the Republic of Cyprus, and is expected to meet them fully. The EU has in April 2004 made the commitment to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community. The Commission made proposals to this end and hopes that the Council will soon take a decision on this basis. In line with its long-standing position, the Commission remains fully committed to supporting a resumption of UN-led talks for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue as soon as possible.