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    Upcoming German FM Steinmeier: Our support for Turkey will continue

    Hürriyet Haber
    19.10.2005 - 11:53 | Son Güncelleme:

    Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier, seen as most likely to take over the Foreign Minister from the current head, Joschka Fischer, has told Hurriyet that "support will continue" for the German policy towards Turkey that was carried out under FM Fischer's authority. Steinmeier, who is expected to start as German FM in November, spoke about Turkey's role in talks between the political parties CDU/CSU and SPD:

    "If the subject had come up before the talks for full membership in Luxembourg had begun, it would have played a very important role. But the decision has already been made. And for full membership. So I don't think it will be a very important subject in coalition planning meetings. Partners in the coalition will be watching the movement and flow of the accession talks with Turkey very closely though......"
     
    Trip to Turkey in 90s
     
    Steinmeier spoke about a trip he had taken to Turkey with his family in the early 90s, saying "I saw only friendship from the Turks during that trip. I saw how used to Europeans, especially Germans, the people in Turkey were. It made me very happy to see how people had returned from Germany to Turkey with good memories."
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