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Turkey gets EU backing

European Union governments approved plans yesterday to partially restart entry negotiations with Turkey, agreeing to open talks with Ankara this week on industry and business enterprise policy.

The decision, confirmed by diplomats on condition of anonymity, fulfils a drive by EU president Germany to heal wounds in the EU's ties with Turkey. Formal negotiations have not taken place since the EU decided last year to partially freeze entry talks. The new talks were expected to start today, diplomats said.
Ankara remains upset over the 27-nation bloc's decision in December to partially freeze membership negotiations in protest over Turkey's continued refusal to implement a customs union with EU member Cyprus, to open its ports to trade with the Greek Cypriot part of the Mediterranean island. (gulf-daily-news.com)