BERLIN (Sputnik) — Turkey accession to the European Union is not on current agenda as some unresolved issues, including the situation around Cyprus, still remain, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
"Opening a new chapter [on Turkey accession] is not hampered by us, but by the unresolved issue of Cyprus," Merkel said addressing German lawmakers ahead of a March 17-18 EU summit aiming to seal the deal with Turkey on refugees resettlement.
"If as a result of intensive cooperation we will have to open a new chapter on accession, it remains crucial that the accession talks are carried out with an open result, which leads to the conclusion that Turkey's accession to the EU is currently not on agenda," Merkel stressed.
Since Turkey lodged its membership bid in 2005, the European Union has opened 15 chapters out of the 35 required to join the bloc.
Reaching agreement on Cyprus' reunification, which is currently separated into a Greek south and a Turkish north, is one of the conditions to accelerating the EU-Turkey accession talks.