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EU membership ‘strategic target’ for Turkey: VP

Turkey-EU relations are ‘multidimensional and longstanding,’ says Fuat Oktay

EU membership ‘strategic target’ for Turkey: VP

Photo: AA/Arda Küçükkaya

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

Turkey regards membership in the European Union as a strategic foreign policy target, the country’s vice president said Tuesday.

During his budget speech in parliament, Fuat Oktay said Turkey-EU relations were “multidimensional and longstanding”.

Oktay noted that the number of chapters opened until now in Turkey’s accession process with the EU is 16. There are currently blockages on 14 chapters due to reasons related to the Greek Cypriot administration, which “illegally” became a member of the EU in 2004 under the EU’s enlargement policy.

Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987, while accession talks began in 2005.

Talks between Turkey and the EU stalled in 2007 due to objections by the Greek Cypriot administration over the divided island of Cyprus as well as opposition from Germany and France.


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