Chirac slams Bush 'interference'over Turkey's EU bid

28th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

ISTANBUL, June 28 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac bluntly criticised George W. Bush on Monday for supporting Turkey's bid to join the European Union, saying the US President had "gone too far".

ISTANBUL, June 28 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac bluntly criticised George W. Bush on Monday for supporting Turkey's bid to join the European Union, saying the US President had "gone too far".

On Sunday, Bush publicly endorsed Turkey's bid, telling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara: "I will remind the people of this good country that you ought to be given a date by the EU for your eventual acceptance into the EU."

Chirac told a news conference on the sidelines on the NATO summit here: "Not only did he go too far, he ventured into territory which is not his concern."

The French president, who is among the EU leaders most firmly opposed to Turkish membership of the EU, added: "It would be like me telling the United States how to run its affairs with Mexico."

Chirac meanwhile welcomed the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq on Monday but said it was not NATO's role to intervene in the country.

"The return of sovereignty to Iraq is in our view a necessary condition ... for the restoration of peace, democracy and development in this country," Chirac commented.

"However, I do not think that it is NATO's role to intervene in Iraq," he said.

© AFP reports

 

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