EU: Progress report for Turkey would be made in Nov

Turkey's Foreign Minister Bacan had a meeting with European Commissioner for enlargement Rehn on the sidelines of a U foreign ministers' meeting in Avignon.

EU: Progress report for Turkey would be made in Nov

The Turkish foreign minister met a European commissioner in Avignon, France on Friday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan had a meeting with European Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn on the sidelines of a European Union (EU) foreign ministers' meeting in Avignon.

Babacan, who is also Turkey's chief negotiator for the EU, and Rehn discussed Caucasus crisis, full membership negotiations between Turkey and the EU, and Cyprus problem.

During the meeting, Rehn appreciated Turkey's policy in its region and Babacan briefed Rehn about recent visits of Turkish officials to Tbilisi and Moscow, and the visits of the officials of those countries to Turkey.

Rehn welcomed Turkey's "Caucasus Stability & Cooperation Platform" proposal.

Also, Rehn expressed the union's expectations from Turkey about some chapter headings the EU wanted to open negotiations with Turkey. Babacan informed Rehn about Turkey's endeavors and reforms planned to be made after the parliament re-opened on October 1st.

Rehn said that the European Commission was preparing the annual progress report for Turkey which would be made public in November, whereas Babacan said that the report should be encouraging.

On Cyprus, Babacan said that Turkey would maintain its constructive attitude and support to Cyprus talks to be launched between leaders of the two communities in the island.

Babacan asked the EU to support President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and have talks with him.

Also, the European commissioner expressed EU's pleasure about the visit Turkish President Abdullah Gul will pay to Yerevan, Armenia on Saturday.

Rehn said that he believed the efforts of Turkey to alleviate the regional crises would decrease the resistance of countries which opposed Turkey's full membership to the EU.

Speaking to reporters, Rehn said that Turkey was undertaking a positive and constructive role regarding Syrian issue and Caucasus crisis.

He expressed belief that EU full membership talks of Turkey, which was playing an engine role for peace and stability in the most unstable region of the world, would get stronger.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Eylül 2008, 16:16