Our chief target is EU admission: Turkish president
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said at a press conference in China that one of his country' target is to become full-right member of the European Union, Anadolu news agency reported.
"One of our chief aims is a full-right EU membership," Gul said.
Turkey-EU ties were established with the Ankara agreement signed in 1964. EU said Copenhagen criteria it identified in 2002 were critical to Turkey's admission. Since then Turkey has implemented legal, political and economic reforms to meet the criteria. Official discussion on Turkey's EU admission began in 2005. Though Turkey has intensified its Middle East and Caucasus policy for the last years, some experts say there is standstill in implementation of reforms.