EU's enlargement chief to visit Turkey

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Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, will visit Turkey on June 16-17, Anadolu Agency reported.

A statement released from the office of the EU Commission said Fule would meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and head of the Turkish Constitutonal Court Hasim Kilic during his visit.

He will attend a working group meeting on Turkey's EU accession negotiations, particularly the Chapter 23 on "Judiciary and Fundamental Rights" which remain closed due to the political blockage from the Greek Cypriot administration beacuse of the ongoing dispute over the future of the divided island.

Fule will also meet representatives of the non-governmental organizations that played a key role in Turkey's reform and accession talks.

The chapters form the basis of negotiations to accede to the EU. They focus on areas which require reforms in order to meet accession conditions.

Turkey began negotiations with the EU in 2005 and the country must comply with all 35 chapters to become a member. So far, only 14 negotiation chapters have been opened while 16 remain blocked.

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