France gives up refusing 'accession' word in Turkey EU paper

The exclusion was mainly due to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's opposition in an open discrimination against Turkey, which already conducts accession negotiations with the Union.

France gives up refusing 'accession' word in Turkey EU paper

World Bulletin / News Desk

The word "accession" has been missing for the past five years in a section on Turkey in a European Union enlargement report because of French boycott, but a latest edition of the EU document now includes the long-hoped-for word.

The exclusion was mainly due to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's opposition in an open discrimination against Turkey, which already conducts accession negotiations with the Union.

"It is in both sides' interests that the accession talks gain a fresh momentum in the shortest possible time," the European Commission said.

The report had also stressed that the Union encouraged Turkey in the drafting of a new constitution in the country, saying that it should provide "a practical framework in Turkey's important reform efforts including the Kurdish issue."

The commission said Turkey was a key partner for the EU, adding that "the full potential of the Turkey-EU relations can only be materialized through active accession negotiations."

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