Berlin and Paris 'united' on Turkey's EU talks

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, BERLIN - Germany and France are united on the issue of the upcoming entry talks between Turkey and the European Union, a German government spokesman said in Berlin Sunday.

29 August 2005

BERLIN - Germany and France are united on the issue of the upcoming entry talks between Turkey and the European Union, a German government spokesman said in Berlin Sunday.

Berlin and Paris are agreed that the entry negotiations should proceed as unanimously agreed at the E.U. summit in December 2004, the spokesman said.

E.U. foreign ministers are to meet later this week and may approve an October 3 start date for accession talks with Ankara.

On Saturday the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet quoted German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder as indirectly criticizing the position of France which has called on Turkey to recognize Cyprus before E.U. entry negotiations.

The German government spokesman said Sunday that Schroeder's comments were aimed at an audience of Turkish businessmen and don't reflect a change in German policy that Turkey must fulfil its obligations to all E.U. members.

The Greek Cypriot portion of the island nation was admitted to the E.U. on May 1, 2004.

DPA

Subject: German news

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