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    EU process is still Turkey's priority

    Hurriyet
    08 Mart 2005 - 11:41Son Güncelleme : 08 Mart 2005 - 11:41

    Turkey-EU Troika meeting came to a close with Foreign Minister Gul reasserting that at this time Turkey's top priority is its relations with the EU and also with the EU process. Gul said, "Reforms in Turkey will continue. Many laws related to reforms have been adopted by the Turkish parliament since the December 17. Brussels Summit 2004. We attach importance to adopting reforms as well as implementing them."

    Gul also apologized for the violent reaction of the police with regards to the unauthorized demonstration that took place Sunday by women's rights activists, however he also stated that everybody should obey the law.

    The Cyprus issue was discussed at the meeting, Gul said that the talks had a positive slant and that Turkey would sign the protocol "when the time has come" and that, "Turkey will allow Customs Union to function."

    Commenting on recent critics that Turkey has slowed down on the process of reforms Gul said, "There is no disruption. We have years in front of us. EU activities are continuing at a normal speed. Turkey and the Turkish government will complete EU process in the best way."

    EU acting president Luxemburg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said, "Turkey fulfilled very important reforms within the scope of the EU process. It is important to maintain the rhythm of reforms. Reforms were on the top of our agenda. These show that reform process has no return and relations between Turkey and the EU is deep."

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