Turkey says EU's refusal over energy chapter ironic despite Nabucco

Turkish FM Babacan also asked the European Union to keep its commitments.

Turkey says EU's refusal over energy chapter ironic despite Nabucco

The Turkish foreign minister said was "ironic" for the EU not to open energy chapter amid negotiations with Turkey.

EU funded millions of dollars for Nabucco project which is needed Turkey to be put into pratice.

Babacan also asked on Tuesday the European Union (EU) to keep its commitments.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan criticized some countries that were preventing Turkey's accession talks with the union, and said the EU should stick to its commitments to Turkey in full membership negotiations.

"Some countries are overshadowing the negotiation process with their vetoes although the negotiation process is open-ended," he said during a joint press conference with Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

Babacan said that 2009 was a significant year for Cyprus, reaffirmed Turkey's full support for ongoing Cyprus talks between the two leaders in the island, and said Turkey would maintain its support.

The Turkish foreign minister said that a settlement in Cyprus was not a dream, and that the international community should extend strong support for the both parties to successfully complete the talks.

On Iran's nuclear energy program controversy, Babacan said that it was every country's right to develop nuclear energy program for peaceful purposes.

Babacan said that Iran wanted to develop nuclear energy program for civilian purposes.

"What is important is to ensure mutual confidence between parties," he said.

Babacan said that the approach of the new U.S. administration to Iran was encouraging.

Energy chapter

Talking about energy, Babacan said that it was "ironic" for the EU not to open negotiations with Turkey on energy due to an objection of a member state although Turkey was technically ready, and drew attention to Turkey's role in energy security in its region.

The Nabucco project represents a new gas pipeline connecting the Caspian region, Middle East and Egypt via Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary with Austria and further on with the Central and Western European gas markets.

Turkey is on the main route of Nabucco project.

Reinhard Mitschek, the CEO of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline project, said that the project could not be put into practice if Turkey withdrew.

Also speaking in the press conference, Asselborn said the EU needed a European Turkey and did not want Turkey to turn its back to Europe.

Asselborn said the EU would stick to its commitments in full membership negotiations with Turkey.

The minister said that the Turkish government had taken significant steps in freedom of thought and expression, particularly by launching a TV channel broadcasting in Kurdish.

Asselborn said he hoped ongoing Cyprus negotiations would be completed with success, and underscored Turkey's role in regional stability and peace.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005.


Last Mod: 11 Şubat 2009, 23:17
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