'Turkey to play key role in Balkans if accepted to EU'

Bulgarian EU Affairs Minister Gergana Grancharova said Saturday "If accepted to the big European family, Turkey would play an important role in the currently unstable Balkans".

'Turkey to play key role in Balkans if accepted to EU'
By Worldbulletin staff

Bulgarian Novinite reported Bulgarian EU Affairs Minister Gergana Grancharova said Saturday "If accepted to the big European family, Turkey would play an important role in the currently unstable Balkans".

The statement was made at the opening of the conference "The European and Non-European Alternative before Turkey", held in Sofia on the initiative of Open Society Foundation.

According to the report, "Bulgaria is directly interested in Turkey's accession to the block as that way it would have a powerful and reformed neighboring country," the minister explained.

"Turkey is engaged in the dialogue with Iran and is a significant part of the energy roads from Central Asia to Europe," she added.

"It would be dangerous if Turkey remains isolated and far away from its European perspective," Grancharova said.

The minister emphasized she based her opinion on a sociological survey that showed 42 percent of the Turkish citizens believe in the EU future of their country.

Last Mod: 21 Nisan 2008, 08:36
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