"Many in Turkey fear defeat could hurt application for EU membership
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2005
ANKARA Turkey's government and financial markets shrugged off France's rejection of the European Union constitution, but lawmakers and political analysts said on Monday that it could damage Ankara's campaign to join the EU.
The defeat in the French referendum on Sunday raised the possibility of delays in the Union's further enlargement.
'This result is something which concerns the French public - not Turkey,' the state Anatolian news agency quoted Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as having said."
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