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среда, 25 февраля 2015 г.
EU membership strategic goal for Turkey, FM says
By Rufiz Hafizoglu
membership is a strategic goal of the country, the Turkish Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with Trend.
who is on a visit to Azerbaijan, said that Turkey wants to take a place in this
union of European countries, united around common laws and values, and to
participate in this structure.
human rights, rule of law, the laws and values of the EU are the main features of the
reforms conducted by Turkey,” he said. “First and foremost, for Turkey the EU
is a kind of center, where these values are intensively protected and develop
in accordance with legislation.”
further noted that Turkey’s main goal in the work to join the EU is to achieve
the highest standards in terms of these laws and values.
completion of the discussion term, the parties themselves will take the final
decision on Turkey’s EU membership. One of the important features for Turkey is
to ensure the highest standards in every area, including the citizens’
well-being,” said the minister.
He also said
Turkey’s EU membership doesn’t mean that the country would be indifferent to
the developments in the region, or would pursue a unilateral foreign policy.
continue to realize the goals of the multilateral foreign policy, dictated by
geographical location, historical and cultural ties of the country,” said
He added that
from this point of view, Turkey’s accession to the EU will create an
opportunity for the structure to get a big impact on even more extensive
territory, what would affect the dynamics of EU’s economy.
turn, would deprive certain forces, defending intercultural confrontation, of
serious argument, what would contribute to regional and global stability and
peace,” Cavusoglu said.
despite the efforts, the sides failed to achieve the desired results in the
negotiations, according to Cavusoglu.
culprit of the stagnation in the process of discussion is EU,” said the foreign
minister. “That’s to say, adoption of a unanimous decision within EU is
necessary for discussing the points on which negotiations should be held.”
He added that
however, the EU and the Republic of Cyprus hinder the discussion of eight and
six chapters on Turkey, respectively.
in 2007 that it will hinder the discussion of five chapters, but in 2013, the
country removed obstacles on one of the discussed chapters (Chapter 22:
Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments), said Cavusoglu.
high-level meetings held with the French side, the country said it will not
hinder Turkey’s accession to EU and in the case of necessity, it will be
possible to open new chapters for discussion, said Turkish foreign minister.
political obstacles that we faced in the process of accession of the Republic
of Cyprus to EU without the settlement of the Cyprus issue, affect the
discussion between Turley and EU,” said Cavusoglu.
He added that
the Turkish side always emphasizes the necessity of continuing the negotiations
with EU as a technical process.
Turkey continues taking decisive steps to fulfill its obligations and to meet
the criteria for membership,” said Cavusoglu.