"Schr�der: EU’s turn to honour its promise
Talking exclusively to H�rriyet’s Ertuğrul �zk�k in Berlin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder has pledged that he will do his best to back Turkey’s EU bid, adding that Turkey has travelled a long distance since December 17, 2004 – when a date for the opening of accession talks was officially given by the EU. “Turkey has fulfilled all its promises,” Schroder said, “Now it is time we honour ours.”
Schroder also pointed out that the negotiation period will be no easy task: “It goes without saying that the negotiation will take a long time, and both parties can bring it to a halt if they want to. Therefore there is no reason either of the parties should be afraid.” "
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