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Cagatay Kilic, a Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker from Samsun province and co-chair of the Turkey-Germany Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Turkish Parliament, said on Tuesday that Angela Merkel should aprroach Turkey's EU membership processin line with 'pacta sunt servanda' in her third term as German Chancellor.
Kilic commented on Merkel's triumph after last weekend's German parliamentary elections to AA correspondent, and stressed that almost 42 percent of German electors voted for Merkel for the sake of stability and economic growth of their country.
Reminding that former German governments made a commitment for Turkey's EU membership, Kilic said, "Merkel should take up Turkey's negotiation process for EU membership in line with the principle of the pacta sunt servanda."
Referring to MPs in Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Kilic said that he believed CDU should assume a different policy towards foreigners living in the country.
On the remigration of people of Turkish descent from Germany to Turkey, Kilic said that German-born Turkish youths were coming to Turkey to work as they found more appropriate positions.
"They strenghten the commercial relations between Turkey and Germany as well," said Kilic, and added that the German businessmen of Turkish descent constituted a significant power for consolidation of their economic relations.
Kilic stressed that Turkey would never deviate from its intended path towards EU membership, and he believed Merkel would not follow policies that might negatively affect Turkey's EU membership bid.
"The elected German government does not negatively act against Turkey and its EU membership candidacy," added Kilic.
After Merkel's triumph in the elections for the third consecutive time by increasing her votes, Kilic said that he did not give any chance to a coalition which would not include Merkel's CDU.
Germany and Turkey are depending on each other
Prof. Cinar Ozen of Ankara University's Faculty of Political Science also spoke about the Merkel's triumph after last weekend's German parlimantary elections to AA correspondent.
Ozer stressed that Germany and Turkey were depending on each other as more than 3.5 million Turkish immigrants played key role in the relations between the two countries.
Ozer underlined that Europe had a serious economic crisis which was not cyclical but structural, and said, "German people have given the power to Merkel so a coalition government excluding Merkel's CDU would not be succesful to cope with the economic crisis in Europe."
Merkel stated Monday that they aimed to form a stable government and would not set up a minority government underlining that they were not thinking any changes in their European and economic policies.
Merkel's conservative bloc took about 41.7 percent of the votes in Sunday's vote, getting 311 seats -- still short for absolute majority. She is likely to push for a grand coalition with the Social Democrats, who won about 26 percent of the votes.
Greens won 8.4 percent -- down 2.3 percent from previous elections -- and leftist Linke lost support by 3.3 percent to win 8.6 percent of the votes.
Merkel's former junior coalition partner, liberal Free Democrats, won 4.8 percent in a historic failure to cross the threshold of 5 percent needed to gain parliamentary representation.Last Mod: 24 Eylül 2013, 16:42