Turkey's FM: real EU obstacles 'political'

Davutoglu said Turkey could overcome any technical obstacle, but the real problem was political obstacles.

Turkey's FM: real EU obstacles 'political'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday that Turkey proved that it could overcome any technical obstacle by opening chapters on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy which required comprehensive reforms.

The European Union (EU) opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter. Davutoglu, State Minister and EU chief negotiator Egemen Bagis, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker attended the intergovernmental conference at the European Council during which entry talks on food safety chapter were launched.

Davutoglu said Turkey could overcome any technical obstacle, but the real problem was political obstacles.

"The Republic of Turkey has been continuing its loyalty to its EU accession process in a determined way," he said.

"The obstacles that Turkey could not overcome in its EU accession process were political ones. Everyone should be aware of this fact," he said.

Davutoglu said when Turkey and EU worked together, there would be no obstacles that could not be overcome.

Turkey wanted to sign the readmission agreement with Belgium, which would hold next rotating EU presidency, and then launch visa liberalization with a decision to be made by EU, he said.

"During the presidency of Spain, we held joint meetings especially in Balkans. We worked together on the issues of Middle East and Balkans," he said.

Davutoglu said that Turkey-EU strategic vision would be determined during the political dialogue meeting with the EU that would take place in Istanbul on July 13.

"We want a powerful Turkey, powerful EU and an effective EU in the world. We believe that Turkey will make significant contributions to the EU," Davutoglu said.

Replying to a question on Israel's attack on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, Davutoglu said that parliamentarians from several European countries were also aboard these ships. "It was not an attack on Turkey or Turkish citizens. It should be regarded as an issue which was not only between Turkey and Israel but also between Israel and several European countries. It should not be considered a Turkish-Israeli problem. It is between Israel and the international community," he said.

Answering a question on the Cyprus issue, Davutoglu said Turkey did its utmost regarding the Cyprus issue. "EU has acted as if the Turkish Cypriot party had not accepted the Annan plan which was also supported by the Union. Isolations on the Turkish Cypriot side continued and Turkey's EU accession process has been slowed down," he said.

Replying to another question, Davutoglu said that Turkey aimed to prevent proliferation of nuclear threat and new tensions in the region as well as to take steps which would preserve regional and global peace.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2010, 12:28