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    Ankara at the end of its rope; Gul makes urgent phone call to Straw

    Hürriyet Haber
    28.09.2005 - 11:15 | Son Güncelleme:

    The seemingly endless addition of amendments to the Framework Documents for Turkey's EU accession talks has reportedly pushed Ankara to the very edge of frustration. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul two days ago called England's Foreign Minister Jack Straw to tell him that Turkey would "not be getting on the plane" for the accession talks before seeing a final version of the Framework Documents.

    Gul apparently added that "if it goes on like this, it will be very difficult for us to come to October 3." With one week left to go before the official start to the accession talks for Turkey, the call by FM Gul to England in order to relay Ankara's displeasure and discomfort at all the late additions to the Framework Documents was a significant one.
    The Ankara delegation to the accession talks is planning to depart Turkey for Luxembourg on Sunday. They will reportedly wait until the last minute for late breaking developments on the Frameworks Document. It is seen as likely that the delegation will put off plans to leave for Luxembourg if the Framework Documents does not lift the phrase "privileged partnership" from its lines, and if it does not lift the Greek Cypriot authority's right to veto Turkish participation in international meetings. The other aspect of the Framework Document which could stop the Turkish delegation from lifting off from Ankara would be a requirement for Turkey to open its sea and airports in the near future to the Greek Cypriot authority.
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