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Monday, February 28, 2005

deepikaglobal.com - EU urges Turkey to keep up momentum on reform

"EU urges Turkey to keep up momentum on reform
ANKARA, Feb 28 (Reuters) Luxembourg, holder of the European Union's rotating presidency, urged Turkey today not to lose the momentum of reforms aimed at preparing the country for eventual EU membership.

Turkish media and EU diplomats have recently accused the government of dragging its feet over preparations for starting EU entry talks in October. They say Ankara has done little since winning a date for talks at an EU summit last December.

''We cannot just lean back and wait for things to happen. We have to work,'' Luxembourg's Deputy Foreign Minister Nicolas Schmit told a news conference after talks in Ankara, tacitly reinforcing the view that Turkey could do more."

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