The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has filed a request to make Turkish an official EU language.
Anastasiades with the Dutch foreign minister, Bert Koenders, as the Netherlands holds the rotating EU presidency and the Secretary-General of the EU Council Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen.
The move is seen as a goodwill gesture in view of a final agreement that would lead to the island’s reunification. The same request has been made in 2002 during the initial failed negotiations.
The Republic of Cyprus has maintained a policy of two official languages despite the island’s occupation in 1974 the expulsion of Greek Cypriots from the island’s north.
Reunification talks are about ending a 42 year division of the island. Since 2004, EU legislation applies only in the Republic of Cyprus and not on the occupied north. The EU “acquis” – the body of legislation – is being translated in Turkish.
(Cyprus Mail, Stuttgarter Zeitung)