'Turkey-EU relations to be in normal course in France's term'

France will take over the rotating presidency of the union on Tuesday July 1st for a period of six months.

'Turkey-EU relations to be in normal course in France's term'
Turkey's foreign minister expressed thought late on Monday that Turkey-European Union (EU) relations would continue in a normal course during the presidency of France.

France will take over the rotating presidency of the union on Tuesday July 1st for a period of six months.

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey expected its negotiations to continue in a transparent way and in line with the principle of pacta sunt servanda during the French presidency of the EU.

"We have received messages from France that its presidency will be a normal one, and it means that our negotiation process will proceed normally and without any limps," Babacan told reporters after his joint press conference with Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn in Ankara.

Babacan said that the EU would see how important Turkey was and how much Turkey could contribute to the union as it got to know about Turkey more.

On Cyprus problem, Babacan said that Turkey expected negotiations aiming at a comprehensive settlement to be launched as soon as possible.

Also talking about the Union for the Mediterranean, Babacan said that Turkey would decide whether or not to take place in this new initiative in coming days.

Babacan also said that he had not decided yet whether or not to participate in a Union for the Mediterranean summit due on July 13th.

A "Barcelona Process-Union for the Mediterranean" meeting will take place in Paris, France on July 13th.

Since its launch in 1995, the Barcelona Process has been the central instrument for Euro-Mediterranean relations, representing a partnership of 39 governments and over 750 million people. It has been the engine for movement towards peace, security and shared prosperity in a region where long-running conflicts and tenuous reform efforts have often impeded progress.

Against this background the Partnership provides a framework for continued dialogue, engagement and development. The European Commission has supported the Barcelona Process with the provision of over 16 billion Euro from the Community budget since 1995.

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