10 SEP 2010
The island's continued division has hindered closer relations between Turkey and Greece. Cyprus has also been a major stumbling block in Ankara's lagging negotiations to join the European Union.
Turkey is obliged to open its ports to Cyprus - an EU member it does not recognise - under a trade pact with the EU. It refuses to do so until the 27-nation bloc fulfils its pledge to ease the international isolation of the breakaway and internationally unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
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