On the question of whether the Cyprus to use its veto power, Anastasiades on Thursday, 17 March, said in an interview with Euronews: "of Course. Until Turkey fulfills its obligations, we have no other choice".
The Cypriot President stressed that Turkey should open its ports and airports to Cyprus and normalize relations with the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey has since 1974 occupied the Northern part of Cyprus, which she declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The world community does not recognize this occupation. In the EU Cyprus is the Republic of Cyprus inhabited by the Greek Cypriots. For its part, Turkey does not recognize the government of the Republic of Cyprus.
The government of Cyprus since 2005 is blocking the negotiations between the EU and Ankara over Turkey's accession to the EU. In discussions on the current draft of the Treaty, providing for the readmission of illegal migrants to Turkey, Ankara insists on the extension of negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU.
Nicos Anastasiades, despite the new threat of the veto, did not rule out the possibility of a compromise. "A possible alternative, which will show us the way out," he said. While Anastasiades refused to explain what exactly the alternatives in question, asking to wait until Friday, when the heads of States and governments of EU countries will meet on the second day of discussions at the summit in Brussels.