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    Framework documents for EU talks stalled until last minute: Austria playing key role

    Hürriyet Haber
    30.09.2005 - 10:58 | Son Güncelleme:

    EU member Austria yesterday failed to approve the framework documents put forward for the EU accession talks with Turkey. Austria, which is insisting on the inclusion of an amendment proposing "privileged partnership" status for Turkey, continues its resistance to the acceptance of the framework document in its current state. As it stands now, a final vote on the document is scheduled for the evening of October 2, just hours before the start of the accession talks in Luxembourg on Monday morning, October 3.

    The Vienna leadership is standing behind not only the inclusion of the "privileged partneship" amendment in the framework document, but also pushing for a firm date on the calendar for EU accession talks with Croatia. Accession talks with Croatia, originally scheduled for March 16 of this year, were in fact put off due to that country's "lack of cooperation" with the International War Crimes Court. A report on Croatia's status as far as the International War Crimes Court is concerned is expected this weekend from Italian prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

    If the report is negative, it is anticipated that a "Turkey veto" will be used as a trump card by Austria and Croatia, in order to secure an accession talks start date despite problems with international justice organs. Turkey has already made it clear that if Austria succeeds in achieving its "privileged partnership" amendment goal, it will not be heading to Luxembourg on Monday.



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