Only Turkey's membership could make EU global power: FM

Turkish FM said "accession in the shortest possible time" would serve in the interests of both Turkey and EU.

Only Turkey's membership could make EU global power: FM

Turkish foreign minister has sounded enthusiastic over his country's European Union membership bid, saying "accession in the shortest possible time" would serve in the interests of both Turkey and the Union.

"In my way of seeing it, even 2015 is much too late for membership, let alone 2050," Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters at a conference at the Center for European Politics, a Brussels-based think-tank.

Davutoglu said only Turkey's membership could give the EU what it needed to become a global power, adding that his country would "stand not at periphery but at the center of all things."

The Turkish foreign minister said his country would reject any "new obstacles on Turkey's European path."

"Otherwise we will see a new shocking experience that would raise doubts about the EU's ability to remain committed to its promises," Davutoglu said in response to a question over Turkey's rejection to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels.

In response to a question on Iran's nuclear program, Davutoglu said Turkey was against imposing sanctions on Tehran.

"Diplomacy should be the way for settling disputes," Davutoglu said.

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