PM says Turkey has no healthy info from EU on Nabucco progress

Turkish PM said that Turkey got no healthy information from the EU regarding the progress of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline project.

PM says Turkey has no healthy info from EU on Nabucco progress

Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey got no healthy information from the EU regarding the progress of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline project.

Speaking at the Turkish-German Business Forum in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was a transit and consumer country in the Nabucco project.

Pointing to the uncertainties concerning the status of supplier countries and investments to be carried out within the scope of the project, Erdogan said, "The final decision has not been announced yet. I think EU does not provide healthy information to us at this point."

Erdogan also said Turkey had made the necessary arrangements on such matter, and it was ready to carry out the required investments.

EU process

Commenting on Turkey's EU process, Erdogan said Turkey's adhesion to the union would make the country an important bridge between the West and the Islamic world.

The Turkish premier said that full membership to the union was a strategic and indispensable objective for his country.

"However, the process may turn into a deadlock at the 18th chapter. This makes us sad," he said.

Erdogan said a total of 12 chapters had been opened to negotiation, and there might be a deadlock if 18 chapters were completed during the term presidencies of Spain and Belgium.

"What will happen next? There will either be a revision on the remaining chapters, or EU will take a new decision. At this point, I expect a lot from Germany, our ally in NATO," he said.

"We have the chance to build up the future together. Let us make use of this chance in the best way," he added.

Visa issue

Regarding the recent agreements Turkey signed with several countries in an effort to ease visa procedures, Erdogan said Turkey made a deal with Italy and Spain that would provide 5-year multiple-entry visas to Turkish businesspeople, academicians, students and artists.

Noting Turkey would reach an agreement with Russia on visa issue in May just like it had done with Syria, Jordan and Libya, Erdogan said, "I hope we can take a similar decision with Germany as well."


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Mart 2010, 08:35

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