Friday, 1 April 2011

PM David Cameron Says Case for Turkish Membership of EU is Clearer Than Ever

At a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whom he called a "friend", British Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the case for Turkish membership of the EU was "clearer than ever".

We also discussed Turkey’s aspirations to join the European Union, aspirations that in my view are simply undeniable. The case for Turkish membership of the European Union, in my view, is clearer than ever for increased economic prosperity, for a bigger market for our goods and services, for more energy security and for real benefits for the EU’s long-term stability. I also believe the accession process itself is a catalyst for change. I will continue to champion Turkey’s accession.

Erdogan used the occasion to complain that Turkey wasn't being invited to EU summits any more.

Since 1959 Turkey has been talking to the European Union, applied to the European Union, and it is not very proper to see this kind of treatment. As I always say, the European Union until the negotiations began, until the summit on 14th December 2004, we were invited to all of the EU summits, but then, we don’t know what happened. All of a sudden Turkey as an accession country was no longer invited to the summit meetings. We were invited to those summits before we began our accession talks, but we are no longer invited since we began our accession talks and we are sorry to see this happen.

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