Turkey's Chief Negotiator for accession talks with the EU, State Minister Egemen Bagis has said Turkey's path to the EU was blocked by political obstacles set forth by EU member countries.
In his address Tuesday to the 3rd Ambassadors Conference in Ankara, bringing 180 Turkish ambassadors serving at embassies around the world, Bagis said 18 out of 35 chapters in negotiations with the EU were blocked with political excuses.
Bagis said if political obstacles were removed, Turkey made enough progress to open 16 new chapters and close 12 chapters.
" Blocking of nearly half of the negotiation chapters due to political reasons is a first in the history of accession negotiations. But our real goal is not opened and closed chapters. Our goal is to enhance the quality and standards of living in our country. EU accession process, is an additional propelling force, for us to reach this goal, a motivation that can not be downplayed," said Bagis.
Bagis said it was particularly the ambassadors' duty to make a case against the injustices made to Turkey noting that Turkish ambassadors succeeded in doing that.