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Friday, December 09, 2005

Credibility of the E.U.

I remember reading a Turkish news article that talked about Turkey's accession to the European Union. The article complained about possible brief restriction on Turks moving westward into the bloc once Turkey joins. The Turkish article hammered away ... the E.U. is a restricted private club. Interestingly enough ... no mention was made in that article on Turkey pushing for and receiving even harder restrictions on Greek Cypriots going to the North as envisioned in the Annan Plan. Now we see that it’s the credibility of the E.U. that keeps the Turkish FM awake at night. Wasn't Turkey's EU accession suppose to set the country on a course of dramatic transformation? Wasn’t Turkey suppose to normalize relations with its neighbors, particularly with Greece, Armenia and Cyprus before it joins the union? Turkey, a country that has violated UN and SC resolutions now numbering over 120, is worried about the credibility of the EU. The hypocrisy of it all...

From the Cihan News Agency:

Published: Friday, December 09, 2005

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul urged the European Union to aid solving the problem in Cyprus.

"The EU should just help to solve the problem but should not exhibit an attitude which promotes non-solution. This will damage its credibility," Gul told a Brussels news conference on Thursday.

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