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    Two new chapters in Turkey's EU negotiations to open in December

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    17.10.2008 - 11:17 | Son Güncelleme:

    Two new chapters in Turkey's EU accession talks will be opened in December, a Turkish news agency reported on Friday.

    Two new chapters in Turkey's EU accession talks will be opened in December, a Turkish news agency reported on Friday.

    Two new chapters will be opened in the first half of December during the presidential term of France, who is one of the biggest opponents to Turkey's EU membership, EU diplomats in Ankara told ANKA News Agency.

    France took over the six-month rotating EU presidency from Slovenia on July 1 and vowed to open at least two more chapters with Turkey during its term. Turkey reiterated that it expects France to act in line with the pacta sunt servanda principle.

    Although the opening of two new chapters signals progress in membership negotiations, 15 of 35 chapters remain suspended.

    Turkish officials have accused the European Union of dragging its feet on Turkey's membership bid and "breaking" its motivation, as the bloc has made a routine of opening only two chapters in each presidency term.

     

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