Germany calls EU action on Turkey 'appropriate'

30th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday that the EU Commission's proposal for a partial suspension of talks on Turkish membership was "appropriate and responsible." Steinmeier said the commission's action was a guarantee that negotiations would not be broken off and that the process of bringing Turkey closer to the EU could be continued. The minister said "a pragmatic solution" was needed to resolve the problem, which would land in Germany's lap when

30 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday that the EU Commission's proposal for a partial suspension of talks on Turkish membership was "appropriate and responsible."

Steinmeier said the commission's action was a guarantee that negotiations would not be broken off and that the process of bringing Turkey closer to the EU could be continued.

The minister said "a pragmatic solution" was needed to resolve the problem, which would land in Germany's lap when it takes over the EU presidency from Finland if the Finns cannot find a solution by the end of the year.

EU foreign ministers are due to discuss the Commission's recommendations on December 11 ahead of a summit of EU leaders in mid-December.

The EU Commission decided to call for the partial suspension of membership talks after Ankara refused to open its harbours and airports to Greek Cypriot ships and planes.

The commission said talks should be frozen on eight negotiating chapters including transport, trade, agriculture and external relations.

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