Dutch MPs back halt to Turkey's EU talks

29th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — A majority of Dutch MPs support a complete suspension on European Commission negotiations with Turkey about EU membership.

29 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — A majority of Dutch MPs support a complete suspension on European Commission negotiations with Turkey about EU membership.

The Christian Democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and Socialist SP are now in favour of the move. The Liberal VVD has long called for a suspension in talks.

The news came as the European Commission proposed on Wednesday a partial halt to the EU accession talks with Turkey after Ankara refused to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus.

The lifting of the blockade is one of the EU's demands for Turkey's EU membership.

The EC urged the suspension of talks with Turkey on eight of the 35 policy areas, such as free trade, fisheries, agriculture and customs fees.

Turkey is expected to be given between 18 months and two years to comply with EU demands in a move to be placed before EU member states for approval on 11 December.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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