Merkel vows no change in Turkey's EU entry talks

28th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2005, BARCELONA - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Sunday not to change the focus of current negotiations on Turkish membership in the European Union, saying that existing agreements with Ankara would be respected.

28 November 2005

BARCELONA - German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Sunday not to change the focus of current negotiations on Turkish membership in the European Union, saying that existing agreements with Ankara would be respected.

Merkel, who met Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recip Erdogan on the sidelines of a Euro-Mediterranean summit in Barcelona, told reporters that she was convinced relations with Turkey would develop in a "good direction".

The new German chancellor said she had accepted an invitation to visit Istanbul, and that her talks with Erdogan had also centred on the integration of Turkish migrants living in Germany.

Erdogan told reporters after meeting Merkel that he intended to visit Germany.

Merkel's conservative party has long said it believes Turkey should be offered a privileged partnership with the E.U., instead of full membership.

But the new German chancellor's comments in Barcelona signalled that Berlin did not intend to press the issue.

The E.U. and Turkey opened membership talks on October 3. The E.U. has warned that the discussions are open-ended and E.U. entry for Turkey is not guaranteed.

DPA

Subject: German news

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