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    Gul: This time we will walk away for good

    Hürriyet Haber
    03.09.2005 - 09:33 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told Economist magazine on Friday that Turkey would walk away from the EU if a full membership wasn't offered and this time it would be for good. “Should they (the EU) propose anything short of full membership, or any new conditions, we will walk away. And this time it will be for good,” said Gul.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was visiting his Italian counterpart, reiterated Gul's stance by saying, "Now Turkey has nothing more to give. Let’s stop playing to the gallery and try to get a result.”

    Ankara has been described as feeling "disillusioned" and "frustrated".

    British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw falied to get a consensus from EU foreign minsters at a two-day meeting held in Newport, Wales over Turkey's accession.

    One of Turkey's last requirements to join the talks on October 3, was to sign a additional customs union protocol, which would include all new members of the union – including Greek Cyprus. Although Turkey signed the agreement, Ankara has stated that it didn't mean a recognition of the Greek Cypriot administration, and that Turkish ports were not open to the Greek Cypriots.

    The EU presidency presently held by Britain suffered a major set back yesterday, when Jack Straw failed to get foreign ministers to agree on Turkey's accession talks to begin, and to agree on the conditions of the customs union protocol with turkey.

    An emergency meeting may be called to iron out the decision.

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