Paris Raises Cyprus Issue With Turkey
France raised a potential new hurdle to starting European Union membership talks with Turkey in October, saying Ankara must recognize EU member Cyprus first.
The European Commission disagreed, saying the Cyprus question should be dealt with in a United Nations framework.
Turkey signed an EU protocol Friday but issued a declaration stipulating that the act did not signify recognition of the Greek Cypriot government.
Turkey backs a Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in northern Cyprus.