Turkey may not wish to join EU like Norway, President Gül

Turkish President Abdullah Gül said October 9 Turkey may not wish to join the EU after concluding the negotiation process, as was the choice of Norway. Gül said the EU should back Turkey on its path towards the EU. “If the negotiation process is completed successfully, French and Austrian people will resort to referendum and they will either say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Turkey. Maybe Turkey of that time may say ‘no’ to EU and prefer to go on its own path,” Gül said during a conference in Paris on the “French-Turkish Partnership.

As he has done so often, President Gul again expressed in Paris his view that the important thing for Turkey is to engage in reforms that bring it to EU standards. Gul was certainly aware of the irony of choosing France as the place to say that Turkey may in the future enjoy the luxury of rejecting the EU.  

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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