World Bulletin/News Desk
The European Union’s annual progress report on Turkey is more balanced and objective compared to the ones in previous years, said Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis.
The progress report was released on October 16.
Speaking at a farewell reception of EU ambassador to Turkey Jean-Maurice Ripert in Ankara, Bagis said Turkey has taken very important steps and there are still steps to be taken.
"Turkey's determination towards the institution of further democracy and transparency was confirmed by the progress report," he said. "The continued democratization of Turkey was also recognized by the report.”
Turkey will hopefully open chapter 22, which regulates regional policies, on November 5 in Brussels after three years, he said.
No new chapters were opened in the past three years, mostly due to the Cyprus issue and the blockage by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who opposed Turkey's EU membership.
Bagis said Turkey has showed its determination to be a member state of the EU despite political obstacles put before Turkey, referring to Cyprus issue.
Bagis said if a solution like Annan Plan, a United Nations proposal to resolve the Cyprus dispute, was found, obstacles before 14 chapters of Turkish accession negotiations would be removed.Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 00:13