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Rehn says EU could stop talks with Turkey -report

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HELSINKI, June 29 (Reuters) The European Union's enlargement chief was quoted today as saying the EU may suspend membership negotiations with Turkey completely over its refusal to move on Cyprus.

''There is that possibility. I hope that we don't have to resort to that, but we have no reason not to use it if there are grounds for that,'' Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told the Finnish news agency STT, when asked if the EU might stop talks.

He gave the interview yesterday when EU ambassadors decided for the first time to move forward faster in accession talks with Croatia than with Turkey because of Ankara's refusal to open its ports and airports to traffic from Cyprus.

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