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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Turkey Complains at Slow EU Accession Pace

"Turkey Complains at Slow EU Accession Pace
´The opening of some chapters are blocked,´ Babacan told a news conference, referring to the 35 reform areas.

Turkey told the European Union on Tuesday the slow pace of its accession talks was causing public enthusiasm for membership of the bloc to wane, but the EU insisted it was up to Ankara to push harder on reforms.

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan cited one unnamed EU state in particular as holding up part of the talks started in 2005, an indirect reference to France and President Nicolas Sarkozy's oft-stated opposition to Turkey's membership aspirations."

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