Raffarin sees 'river of Islam' threatin Turkey EU membership

23rd September 2004, Comments 5 comments

PARIS, Sept 23 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin reiterated France's support for Turkey's eventual membership of the European Union but warned Ankara might not yet be ready to accept Western values, in an interview published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal Europe.

PARIS, Sept 23 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin reiterated France's support for Turkey's eventual membership of the European Union but warned Ankara might not yet be ready to accept Western values, in an interview published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal Europe.  

"We don't think we should tell Turkey that the doors of Europe are forever closed to it," Raffarin told the newspaper, but then said: "Do we want the river of Islam to enter the riverbed of secularism?"  

The French prime minister's comments came as his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with EU officials in Brussels on Thursday, seeking to allay concerns about Ankara's EU preparations two weeks ahead of a key report.  

EU enlargement commissioner Guenter Verheugen is due to publish his assessment of Turkey's EU bid on October 6. EU leaders are to decide in December whether Turkey, a candidate since 1999, can start EU membership talks.  

Raffarin said Turkey had made some progress on the road to preparing its entry into the 25-nation bloc, but suggested that the mainly Muslim nation was perhaps not ready to embrace certain Western ideals.  

"The issue isn't the commitments made by Turkey's government, it's the attitudes of Turkish society," the French prime minister explained.  

"We're not doubting the good faith of Mr Erdogan, but to what extent can today's and tomorrow's governments make Turkish society embrace Europe's human rights values."  

French President Jacques Chirac has said he believes the path to Turkish membership is "irreversible", but cautioned that the accession negotiations could last years.  

But Chirac's position is at odds with many in his own centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party and the French public, who believe Turkey has no place in the EU.

© AFP

 

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5 Comments To This Article

  • nady posted:

    on 5th January 2012, 18:48:51 - Reply

    türkiye iç işleri bakanı idris naim şahin yobaz bir ırkçılığı yanında, istanbul belediyesinde çalışırken hakkında 50 ye yakın yolsuzluk dosyası mevcuttur.yargıdan kurtarmak için millet vekili yapılmış ve dokunulmazlıktan yararlanmaktadır. aksi takdirde erdoğanında başı yanabilir.
  • yalçın posted:

    on 23rd December 2011, 20:30:36 - Reply

    turkey uses chemical weapons against to kurds.every day 10-15 kurds are killed by these chemical weapons.kurd language, kurd kulture, education in kurdish and also to be kurd is forbidden in turkey.every week .every week 100-150 kurd literates are arrested and prisoned.most of them are politicions, teachers, professors, students,lowyers and journalists.the turk goverment does not want the existance of kurd literates.today there are about 100 000 prisoned kurds.the world people should see this reality.before 3 days 49 kurd journalists are arrested, and today(now) they are taken from polis center to special justice court(like DGM) some arrested kurds could't be taken to the justice court from 4-6 years, but they are prisened.is there any piece of democracy in this country?the other journalists of turkey who are subjected to erdoğan do not write or do not show anything about kurds, they are rasist and they see only the money in their pockets.
  • erdem posted:

    on 10th December 2011, 20:16:01 - Reply

    turkey has been a polis goverment.there is no low, no justice. 4 polismen beat a woman about one hour under a camera in polis office.million people have seen as alive by televisions.what was the realt?the court wants 6.5 years prison to the woman.this is the turkey low, this is the turkey justice.
  • HALİL posted:

    on 8th December 2011, 19:45:55 - Reply

    turkey uses chemical and napalm bombs which are bought from usa and the west countries.every day kurd childeren are killed by these bombs.why don't you see them and why don't you hear kurdish crime?
  • taci posted:

    on 8th December 2011, 19:31:31 - Reply

    Turkey uses napalm and chemical weapons against of Kurd people , but the west cauntries are blind.They don't want to see this reality.5-10 Kurd gentilmen are killed in every day by Turk troops by using chemical weapons which are bought from Usa and the west countries.Every week about 100 Kurd literates are been prisoned without any justice.Today the total of prisoned Kurd is about 50000.some of them are prisoned about 4-6 years without taking to court.PLEASE, theeuropeans see these realities and hear Kurd crimes.