ATHENS.- ANA – The first significant opinion poll in Greece since the EU Commission provided a “conditional” green light for Turkey’s European Union prospects shows that a vast majority of Greeks are against the neighbouring country’s potential membership unless Ankara ceases violations in the Aegean, fully recognises Greek sovereign rights as well as the Republic of Cyprus — and all by December, no less.
December marks the crucial month when EU leaders will gather at a summit to decide on whether to give Turkey its long-coveted date for the commencement of accession negotiations — talks expected to last for more than a decade, should they start, according to analysts.
Roughly the same majority of respondents in the poll also opposes Turkey’s European course unless Ankara withdraws its troops from the territory of Cyprus that it illegally occupies since a July 1974 invasion.
Results of the nationwide poll, conducted by the Athens-based Rass firm, were published in the weekly newspaper ?Paron? on Sunday. The poll was conducted Oct. 20 and 21 on a sample of 1,021 respondents via random phone interviews.