Turkey, Germany 'can discuss only privileged partnership'

Turkey's EU negotiator said that only among themselves.

Turkey, Germany 'can discuss only privileged partnership'

Turkey's European Union (EU) negotiator said on Friday that Turkey and Germany could talk about privileged partnership only among themselves.

State Minister & chief negotiator for EU Egemen Bagis told AA correspondent that Turkey and Germany could debate privileged partnership only in their bilateral relations.

"We are carrying out our EU membership bid by lifting all privileges and double standards," Bagis said.

Bagis' comments came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel had proposed "privileged partnership" for Turkey instead of EU full membership.

Earlier this week, Merkel said she would offer Turkey alternatives to full EU membership during her visit to Turkey on March 29 and 30.

"I am of the opinion that we should rather aim for a privileged partnership, in other words a very close affiliation of Turkey to the European Union," German news agency DPA quoted Merkel as saying in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio.

Merkel is due to visit Turkey on March 29-30.

Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership following the Helsinki European Council of December 1999. Accession negotiations started in October 2005 with the analytical examination of the EU legislation.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Mart 2010, 13:23
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