Visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Helsinki on Wednesday that " disappointment" was not enough to describe Turkey's feeling to the sluggish negotiations on its European Union membership, Xinhua reported.
At a joint press conference held after talks with Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi on Wednesday, Erdogan said that no other new member states of EU had gone through longer accession talks than Turkey has, stating that the EU was responsible for the impasse at present.
He emphasized that Turkey is a bridge between western countries and the Islamic world, while both the EU and Turkey would sustain losses because of the stalling negotiations.
Kiviniemi spoke highly of the reforms that have been carried out in Turkey, reaffirming that Finland has been strongly supporting Turkey's bid to join the EU and will push for the process of accession talks.
Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999 and launched accession talks with the bloc in October 2005, but some negotiating areas were frozen because it refuses to open ports to the Greek Cypriot government, a member state of the EU.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey militarily intervened and occupied the north of the island following a coup by a group of Greek officers. The politically isolated northern part of Cyprus, or the self-claimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is only recognized by Turkey.