Former Turkish PM: Ankara may have no need for EU
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 / Trend M. Aliyev /
If the EU does not change its attitude towards Turkey, Ankara will not need the European Union, Turkish former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz told media at the international conference 'Bridge laying' in Baku today.
While explaining his views, Yilmaz said that Turkey always supports Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "That's why Europe accuses Turkey of a unilateral approach."
"But Turkey is always on the side of justice," he said. "If the EU accuses Turkey over this, we will not need the European Union soon."
He said that Azerbaijan is not any distant African country, so the European Union should play an active role in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Negotiations on Turkey's joining the EU have been conducted since 2005. Despite the support of the EU most members, France and Germany have stubbornly refused to provide it with a full membership, proposing a 'privileged partnership, but Ankara does not agree.