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Foreign Ministry of Turkey welcomed Saturday the European Union's 2013 progress report on Turkey, released on Wednesday.
"It is pleasing that the report, which gives wide coverage to political reforms made within the last one year, stresses Turkey's determination on continuation of democratization and political reforms," the statement said.
Turkey began negotiations to join the EU in 2005, 18 years after applying.
But a series of political obstacles, notably over Cyprus, and resistance to Turkish membership have slowed progress.
"It is mentioned the effective role of Turkey's foreign policy in the report. We share evaluations on the importance of our cooperation with the European Union (EU) in this field," it told.
Turkey's foreign ministry also emphasized, "The report mentions the Council agreed to open Chapter 22 - regional policy and coordination of structural instruments - and says negotiations will begin in the autumn. One of the steps that should be taken to remove the blockage on the bidding process is to open the remaining chapters as soon as possible."
The ministry noted that Cyprus issue was taken place in the report as "one-sided again".
"We expect the European Union to adopt a stance, which pushes the Greek Cypriot side seriously to a comprehensive solution," the statement added.Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2013, 13:42