EU enlargement must be put on hold: Sarkozy

27th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 27 (AFP) - France's ruling party chief and presidential hopeful Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called on Monday for the process of EU enlargement to be put on hold to give time for its internal institutions to be "renovated."

PARIS, June 27 (AFP) - France's ruling party chief and presidential hopeful Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called on Monday for the process of EU enlargement to be put on hold to give time for its internal institutions to be "renovated."

"Enlargement must be suspended at least as long as the institutions have not been renovated. Europe must have borders. What I am saying does not cover Romania and Bulgaria where the process is too far advanced to be stopped. But all the others," Sarkozy said.

"Not all countries have a vocation to be in Europe," he said.

The minister was talking at the start of consultations between Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and leaders of political parties on the fall-out of last month's rejection of the EU constitution in a national referendum.

Before the referendum Sarkozy put himself at odds with President Jacques Chirac by speaking out against Turkish membership of the EU. Ankara's accession talks are supposed to begin later this year under Britain's EU presidency.

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