In an immediate reaction to the removal of the terms "accession" and "Turkey's membership" from a European Union document, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan ruled out yesterday the possibility of accepting any EU proposal for "privileged partnership."
"It is not possible for us to accept any formula that excludes full membership," Babacan said in Parliament during talks on his ministry's budget.
Babacan underlined that Turkey continues in its direction to EU membership without any deviation: "In-house discussions in some member states will not let Turkey shift from its course."
"We are fulfilling our duties in the accession process. It is not true that Turkey has slowed down its reform pace. Those who argue this ignore the general and presidential elections in Turkey. We are determined to go ahead with our reforms independently from the EU's domestic developments," he added.
Babacan also criticized the EU for not removing the sanctions applied to the Turkish Cypriots saying that "these are Turkish Cypriots who are punished despite the fact that they want a solution most on the island."
Stating that parameters of the Annan Plan are still on the table even though it was rejected by Greek Cypriots in 2004, Babacan said Turkey will continue to seek a comprehensive, lasting and fair solution to the Cyprus problem based on the bi-zonal and bi-communal model.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Aralık 2007, 13:16