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    EU postpones vote to ratify Ankara's customs union

    Hürriyet Haber
    29.09.2005 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    The European Union has postponed a vote to ratify Ankara's customs union with the EU, a requirement for membership into the bloc, but not for accession talks to go ahead scheduled for October 3. Turkey has also come under pressure by lawmakers to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide. The EU Parliament voted 311-285, with 63 abstentions, to postpone the customs ratification ballot. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded immediately to the resolution on CNN-Turk by saying, ""It does not matter whether they took such a decision or not. We will continue on our way." Lawmakers issued a non-binding resolution demanding the recognition by Turkey of the Armenian killings as part of a prerequisite to join the Union. The issue of Cyprus has been a sticking point for Turkey in the run up to a possible EU membership and has been addressed by many Euro MPs ahead of the due date for accession talks to begin: "The Turkish government has accepted the customs union protocol but at the same time has refused to recognize Cyprus. It's logically and politically unacceptable," European People's Party chairman Hans-Gert Poettering said before asking the assembly to postpone the vote.
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