VVD urges end to Turkey's accession talks
9 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Liberal VVD has called for the European Union to stop negotiations with Turkey on its possible accession to the EU.
9 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Liberal VVD has called for the European Union to stop negotiations with Turkey on its possible accession to the EU.
The statement by VVD leader Mark Rutte was made on Wednesday after the publication of a critical European Commission report on Turkey's progress, news service NIS reported.
Rutte concluded from the report that Turkey does not meet the criteria for free speech and refuses to recognise Cyprus.
He was reported saying that Turkey should be given a deadline of two years for improvements. If no improvement is made, Rutte said Turkey should be excluded from EU accession.
Labour PvdA MP Frans Timmermans said it was "unfair" of Rutte to want to end the talks at this stage.
But if Turkey still refuses after a December evaluation to recognise Cyprus, the PvdA will also urge for the talks to be suspended.
Foreign Minister Bot is disappointed by the findings of the European Commission, but his spokesman said there was still time for progress.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news