EC's head says EU should embrace Turkey

Throbjorn Jagland said he could not understand EU's treatment on Turkey, and a country like Turkey did not deserve that unjust treatment.

EC's head says EU should embrace Turkey

The secretary general of the Council of Europe said on Saturday that the European Union (EU) should embrace Turkey.

Throbjorn Jagland said he could not understand EU's treatment on Turkey, and a country like Turkey did not deserve that unjust treatment.

It was high time that the EU embraced Turkey, Jagland said during the Eighth Meeting of Yalta European Strategy in Ukraine.

Jagland said Turkey was important for Europe and played important roles, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call in Cairo to create a secular constitution and order in Egypt and Middle East was of utmost importance.

The COE secretary general totally read the related part of Erdogan's speech, which received a huge ovation from participants particularly Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis.

Also speaking in the same session, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko said the country's preference was EU.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005. The EU has so far opened 13 of the 35 chapter headings to negotiations with Turkey.

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