"EU: Debate On Turkey's Prospects Dominates Run-Up To Summit
By Ahto Lobjakas
At a summit this week, European Union leaders must decide when and how to begin membership talks with Turkey. That the summit will approve opening entry talks with Ankara is a forgone conclusion. However, whether Ankara can accept the offer will depend on how EU governments answer vital questions regarding the start date for entry talks, their stated final objective, and Greek Cyprus. Today, EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels put the finishing touches on their draft summit statement on Turkey. But officials warn that final decisions are likely to come down to the wire at the summit dinner on 16 December.
Brussels, 13 December 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Decisions made at this week's winter summit will have a profound effect on the European Union's relations with Turkey"
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