Turkish Minister: Cross-border motion to be extended

Türkiye Materials 19 September 2008 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said that the Council of Ministers, in its last meeting, decided to extend the period of cross-border motion (which allows Turkish soldiers to stage operations on militants in the north of Iraq) for one more year, reported Worldbulletin.

Speaking at the fast-breaking dinner hosted by the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Brussels on Thursday evening, Cicek said that the issue would be brought on the agenda immediately after the Parliament would be opened.

Regarding Turkey's relations with the EU, Cicek said that the government saw the EU membership process as Turkey's modernization project. He added that the government was continuing to work on EU adjustment reforms in determination.

Cicek said that the support of Turkish people to EU membership dropped from 80 percent to 50 percent due to several negative statements from the EU. Cicek added that it would not affect the determination of the government.