Irish 'No' would not have a negative impact on Turkey

Turkey's EU Adjustment Committee's chairman said there would not be any deviation from Turkey's route, noting that, "there is no alternative to our integration with the EU."

Irish 'No' would not have a negative impact on Turkey
Turkey's EU Adjustment Committee's chairman Yasar Yakis said on Wednesday that Ireland's "no" vote to Lisbon Agreement would not have a negative impact on Turkey's full membership negotiations with the European Union (EU).

Speaking to AA correspondent following his talks with Bulgarian Parliament Deputy Speaker Kameliye Kasabova and Gergana Grincarova, Bulgarian minister for EU Affairs, Yakis said, "Turkey thinks that rejection of Lisbon Agreement during a referendum in Ireland would not influence enlargement of the EU."

Yakis said there would not be any deviation from Turkey's route, noting that, "there is no alternative to our integration with the EU."

Yakis said there was no contradiction between Turkey's EU membership talks process and its relations with the regional countries or countries like Russia, China, and India.

"Turkey does not consider its relations with the regional countries or Islamic world, Russia, China, and India as alternative to EU accession process. On the contrary, close relations with those countries are complementary elements strengthening EU process," Yakis said.

Commenting on Turkey-Bulgaria relations, Yakis said, "our relations progress on perfect level. Turkey supports NATO membership of Bulgaria and Bulgaria supports EU membership of Turkey."

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