A protestor holds a board reading in Greek "Effort against the fascist threat" during an anti-racism protest in central Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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Amid all the arguments about the feasibility, legality and morality of the European Union's migrant deal with Turkey, one positive result, say EU officials and diplomats, is that at least it hasn't wrecked the Cyprus peace process.Last week, however, Turkey's demand to open five negotiating topics, known as chapters, in long-stalled talks on its distant membership prospects with the EU set Ankara – along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders keen for a deal – on a collision course with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.Cyprus had blocked the five chapters for years over Turkey's failure to recognize its right to access Turkish ports as part of a customs union deal with the entire EU and vowed to veto any deal it disliked. Turkey's EU affairs minister had warned Europeans not to let Cypriot "caprice" block a deal and EU officials acknowledged that Merkel and other leaders, under huge pressure at home over the arrival of migrants from Turkey, were impatient with Cyprus.
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