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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Dutch end EU helm trumpeting Turkey deal

"Dutch end EU helm trumpeting Turkey deal
12-29-2004, 06h25

Gerard Cerles - (AFP/File)
THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Netherlands ends its six-month European Union (EU) presidency this week trumpeting a historic deal to open membership talks with Turkey as the highlight of its term at the EU helm.
But the Netherlands' half year in charge, widely seen as a 'transition presidency' after the EU's historic expansion in May, has not not been without its tricky diplomatic moments, diplomats note."