Turkey's membership to the EU would strengthen union as a Global Play- foreign minister

Türkiye Materials 16 September 2008 13:05 (UTC +04:00)

Babacan said that Turkey's membership to the EU would strengthen the Union's diplomatic and political power and the EU would "play a leading role" in the world, reported Timeturk.

Speaking at a press conference after a Turkey-EU Troika meeting in Brussels, Babacan said Turkey had fulfilled its promises and would continue to do so in its accession process, adding that his country had passed nearly 30 legal arrangements including the the Law on Foundations and the amended Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.

"We will fulfill our responsibilities," Babacan told reporters, however expressed support from the EU as well.

Babacan also said Turkey expected the current EU president, France, to open negotiations with Turkey on new chapters.

Also speaking at the press conference, European Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn said the EU once again acknowledged Turkey's strategic importance in its region during latest developments in Georgia.

"The EU and Turkey will see their strategic interest both served when they tackle problems together," Rehn said.

The commissioner also urged Turkey to resume "spending full energy" on EU reforms, calling for taking the opportunity for constitutional reform.

Jean-Peirre Jouyet, French minister for EU affairs, said on his part that as the current EU president, France had taken an objective and fair stance toward Turkey, expressing their willingness to open new chapters in accession talks.

Jouyet said Turkey had played a "very powerful and an active role" during the war in Georgia, adding that France would continue dialogue with Turkey in regional issues.