Barroso says Turkey not ready for EU membership, urges continued negotiations

23/07/2007

ATHENS, Greece -- Turkey is not ready to join the EU "tomorrow nor the day after tomorrow", but its membership negotiations should continue, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Greece's Kathimerini newspaper on Sunday (July 22nd). Barroso called on France and other member states to honour the decision to continue accession talks, describing it as a matter of credibility for the Union. Turkey's accession negotiations began in 2005 but have been stalled due to Ankara's refusal to open its ports to EU-member Cyprus. (Zaman, Javno.hr - 23/07/07; DPA, Reuters - 22/07/07)

We welcome your comments on SETimes's articles.

It is our hope that you will use this forum to interact with other readers across Southeast Europe. In order to keep this experience interesting, we ask you to follow the rules outlined in the comments policy. By submitting comments, you are consenting to these rules. While SETimes.com encourages discussion on all subjects, including sensitive ones, the comments posted are solely the views of those submitting them. SETimes.com does not necessarily endorse or agree with the ideas, views, or opinions voiced in these comments. SETimes.com welcomes constructive discussion but discourages the use of copy-pasted materials, unaccompanied links and one-line slogans. This is a moderated forum. Comments deemed abusive, offensive, or those containing profanity may not be published.

SETimes's Comments Policy