EU's odd offer irritates Turkish minister

European Commission offered to improve the EU progress report if Turkey helps to 'sort out' refugee issue

EU's odd offer irritates Turkish minister

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's EU Minister Beril Dedeoglu says she was given a very unpleasant proposal by the EU during her visit to Brussels. 

According to Dedeoglu, Turkey's EU accession process was linked to the solution of the current refugee crisis. An official from the European Commission offered to improve the EU progress report if parties can "sort out" the refugee issue. 

"During a dinner … a young person from the commission attempted to match the progress report to refugee issue. Something like ‘We could soften the content of this progress report if we sort out the refugee issue,’ was said," Dedeoglu said. 

"I guess I took advantage of being a non-diplomat. I behaved like saying: ‘Release it, who’s afraid? We are what we are," she added. 

Dedeoglu admitted that the report was "weighty, upsetting" but also said it is a "guiding" one. 

"Yes, one feels sorry when reading some things. You don’t want to hear them. It is not very difficult to see the motive behind some of the findings which are truly exaggerated. We know, but in the end we, as citizens, want to live in a better country. Between the lines of the report, there are methods for being able to do this," Dedeoglu said. 

 

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