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    Turkey says EU's enlargement stance inconsistent

    Anatolian Agency
    11.10.2008 - 13:18 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's Foreign Minister said on Friday the reforms carried out by Turkey were useful for the country's neighbors as well, but criticized the European Union saying its approach to enlargement changes time to time.

    "Our neighbors from the Balkans and the Middle East see Turkey as a story of success," Ali Babacan said in a speech at the gala dinner of the "5th Bosphorus Conference" on Turkey-EU relations.

    Babacan said Turkey had a certain agenda and it would carry on with its reform process.

    "Turkey's EU adhesion process has certain difficulties not only for the country itself, but also for the Union. I see that EU's stance towards the enlargement process changes seasonally. Sometimes the Union's desire for enlargement increases, but from time to time concerns are also expressed on this issue," he said, adding the EU would become stronger with Turkey's membership.

    EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn expressed his desire to see Turkey move rapidly in its reform process.

    Turkey lost a valuable piece of time while dealing with another political crisis this year, Rehn added in his speech.

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