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Turkey’s EU Minister Says Turkey should Take its Place in EU April 5, 2011

Posted by Yilan in EU, European Union, Turkey.
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Turkey’s state minister for the European Union (EU) and chief negotiator said on Sunday that Turkey should take its place in the union.

Egemen Bagis said the EU reform process had ensured Turkey to become a more democratic, contemporary and prosperous country.

“The EU is not a temporary eagerness or a preference for Turkey. The EU is not only an economic and political union, but in fact it is the most comprehensive peace project in the history of humanity,” Bagis said during a meeting in Istanbul.

Bagis said Turkey was the youngest and most dynamic country in Europe, and therefore it should take its place in the EU.

“Our nation wants more democracy, freedom and justice and deserves it. Nobody can prevent Turkey’s EU membership as long as we are determined and we believe in this process,” he said.

Bagis also said the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party would prepare a new civilian constitution after the general elections due on June 12.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005. The EU has so far opened 13 of the 35 chapter headings to negotiations with Turkey.

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