Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan declared Friday that it is up to Turkey to decide the timing and pace of its reforms "since a date has not been set for Turkey's membership to the EU."
Babacan hosted a breakfast at Ankara's Swissotel in honor of the ambassadors of EU-member and candidate countries on the occasion of May 9 Europe Day, The New Anatolian said.
Speaking at the breakfast, Babacan said, "today's Europe is an area of peace and stability. However, conditions in the 21st century entail the Union to adopt a wider vision."
He stressed Turkey's target is to become a full member of the EU. "Therefore, we expect the Union to display a stimulative attitude in the negotiation process instead of creating political obstacles," he said.
"The EU process has made Turkey a more foreseeable country. Since a date has not been set for Turkey's membership to the EU, it is Turkey's own initiative when and how to make reforms. Whenever our membership date/timetable becomes clear, we can then display a different stance," Babacan added.
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