The European Union has formally opened accession talks with Turkey, following the successful 12 June meeting of the Council of the European Union.
The formal talks began on 13 June, despite an eleventh-hour objection from Cyprus, which refused to endorse the common position since Turkey had failed to recognise it as the legitimate government.
Cyprus also contended that Turkey had not kept its promise to open its ports to Cypriot vessels - the compromise document reminds the Turkish government that failure to implement its obligations would affect progress in the negotiations.
However, with the EU presidency managing to resolve the late complications, a first round of talks, on science and research, was able to be concluded on day one of negotiations, sealing the first of 35 policy areas scheduled for discussion.
13 June 2006