Turkey has denied a report that it had agreed to allow Greek Cypriot ships to use its ports in a bid to advance Turkey’s accession to the European Union. A Turkish television channel reported that the government had made the deal with the EU in an attempt to have some of the roadblocks to its accession to the regional bloc ironed out, citing anonymous sources, according to Today’s Zayman.

    “There is no agreement as stated in the news. There has been news like this in the past. Every rotating president finds the ports subject on their desk when they assume duties. They may discuss how to solve this problem with the commission, member countries or us. … But there is no agreement on this,” an official from the Turkish foreign ministry office said, as quoted by Today’s Zayman.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.