Belgian PM says Turkey's EU process must be simplified

Leterme said Wednesday the European Union negotiations process was "an open ended one."

Belgian PM says Turkey's EU process must be simplified

Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme said Wednesday the European Union (EU) negotiations process was "an open ended one."

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Leterme said that Turkey's EU negotiations process must be simplified and encouraged.

Pointing out that his first trip overseas after having become the Prime Minister of Belgium was to Turkey, Leterme said that this was not a coincidence as Turkey was a crucial country.

There is an important Turkish community in Belgium. We are pleased to witness that this community has integrated with the Belgian society, Leterme stressed.

Belgium will assume the EU presidency in the second half of 2010 and we have discussed this topic. Belgium pays high attention to Turkey's candidacy and hopes that the negotiations are concluded successfully. We will focus on Turkey's negotiations in the second half of 2010, Leterme noted.

We have exchanged opinions with Prime Minister Erdogan on security issues. We believe that Turkey can play an important regional role, Leterme said.

Asked by a journalist about what their reaction would be if a terrorist killed a prominent Belgian businessman and escaped from law to Turkey and if the trial of the terrorist took a very long time, Leterme said that a prime minister could not comment on the decision of legal authorities.

The legal process (in Belgium) continues for the individual you have implied with connections to terror. I want to stress the importance of talks between the ministers. We expect to find solutions to certain problems in meetings of the ministers in the first half of 2010, Leterme said.

Reminded by a journalist about his earlier comments on offering Turkey a privileged partnership rather than full EU membership, Leterme said that the Belgian government believed the negotiations process should be given a chance.

As the Belgian government, we support Turkey's EU full membership, Leterme added.


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