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European Union: Council of Ministers.

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Introduction

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In 1974 the military junta which then ruled Greece staged an abortive coup against the president Archbishop Makarios and Turkey launched an invasion "to restore constitutional order." The United States subsequently suspended military and economic aid, and Turkey responded by temporarily closing all U.S. bases in the country. Turkish troops remained in northern Cyprus, and Turkey continued to support a separate Turkish Cypriot government, defying the United States and the United Nations. The US Congress ultimately resumed its assistance, leading the Turks to reopen the bases, but the incident left them suspicious of the US presence, a situation encouraged and amplified by the vocal leftist groups and abetted by Communist propaganda. Islamic groups also began to oppose the US presence, preferring that Turkey abandon its secularist traditions in foreign affairs and draw closer to the Arab countries that were benefiting from their newfound oil and the resulting political power. 25 years later, 38 percent of the island still remains under the invaders� occupation in defiance of United Nations resolutions of unequivocal substance. In addition, the Cyprus problem has become a major dispute in the sensitive Middle East. It also figures prominently in Greek-Turkish relations, which has been a major chapter in the larger subject of EU relations in general. The nations have harbored a historical animosity toward one another, but relations have become friendlier in fall 1999, following the aid each side gave the other in the wake of two devastating earthquakes. The heads of the state started to meet more on a frequent basis, and issues like Cyprus are being openly discussed. Turkish government has realized that it is one of its priorities to find a compromise with Greece in order to join the 15. EU Action and Relations European Union leaders began their final summit session of the century on 10 December 1999, set to welcome Turkey as a new candidate for membership, along with 12 other countries vying to join the rich Western trade bloc. ...read more.

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