Germany tells Greece no delay in Turkey EU talks

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21 March 2005, BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned visiting Greek prime minister Kostas Karamanlis in Berlin on Monday that there would be no postponement of European Union accession talks with Turkey.

21 March 2005

BERLIN - German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned visiting Greek prime minister Kostas Karamanlis in Berlin on Monday that there would be no postponement of European Union accession talks with Turkey.

Emerging from talks with the Greek leader at the chancellery, Schroeder defended the scheduled 3 October date for the talks, saying he was confident Ankara would meet all requirements by then.

Karamanlis stressed that Athens considers it imperative that Ankara sign the customs protocol expanding the EU customs union to 10 new member nations, including Cyprus.

Schroeder said he was confident Ankara would do so after having given assurances earlier this month.

On 3 October, EU membership negotiations are scheduled to be opened with Turkey, which has been an associate member of the EU since 1963 and an official candidate since 1999.

The European Council has also called on the European Commission to present a proposal for a framework for negotiations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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