Even if Turkish Cypriots supported the Annan Plan, the Republic of Cyprus entered the EU representing the whole island. The European Commission reacted by agreeing to ‘reward’ Turkish Cypriot community’s ‘yes’ by a financial assistance package, easing trade between the two sides, lifting the isolations on Turkish Cypriots, and helping the Cypriots to solve the conflict. However, it has faced major difficulties in implementing these policies. This was probably one of the reasons why Turkish Cypriots have expressed lower trust towards the EU compared with the European average since April/May 2006 to May 2010.
- EU Foreign Policy,
- Turkish Cypriot Community
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