Turkish foreign minister on Turkey’s EU membership process

Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said there is no turning back in Turkey’s EU membership process. Commenting on Turkey-EU relations, Davutoğlu said, “Everybody should understand that Turkey’s EU bid is a one-way process which is carried on through negotiations. There is no turning back in this process.” The membership process of a candidate country had never stopped Davutoglu said unless such country refused membership itself. “If such country kept displaying the will, there has never been other alternatives than full membership,” he added. Davutoğlu also asked EU to be committed to its promises and not to use Turkish-EU relations for political discussions within itself.

Davutoglu`s comments are intended as a rebuttal of Sarkozy and Merkel, who have again raised alternatives for Turkey’s full membership, and an admonishment to Turkey’s opposition parties who are showing a lack of determination for the EU process.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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