Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bağış called French President Nicolas Sarkozy “totally helpless” after Sarkozy called for Turkey to recognize the World War I-era killings of Armenians as genocide.Source: Hurriyet
Bağış repeated his earlier remarks saying, “It would be better... if Mr. Sarkozy abandons the role of historian and looks for the ways to solve the economic problems of the European Union, of which his country is a membe.” Bağış said, calling Sarkozy’s recent remarks “attempts to abuse the domestic politics” of France. Bağış also said Sarkozy is trying to hide his loss of support in France.
Bagis said yesterday that Turkey’s EU negotiations had begun after a unanimous vote by the EU. Within this vote was also France’s vote. Turkey’s EU process can end only if the 27-nation bloc unanimously votes to end the process, he said.