November 24, 2009
Asking this question, I am using the language of the Turkish chief negotiator Egemen Bagiş. He says that his country’s negotiating process should be ‘sustainable’ and advocates benchmarks, allowing chapters to be opened, negotiated and the closed, insted of either being blocked once opened, or prevented from opening.
However I am not sure whether he sees his country’s commitments under the Ankara Protocol as part of these benchmarks. Recently Bagiş told me that that stalled negotiations on Turkey’s EU accession can be unblocked swiftly if the Cyprus talks make headway. Turkey is an important stakeholder to this talks and everybody knows the talks will move forward if Ankara allows it.
Here I come back to my question.Georgi Gotev