Sunday, May 01, 2005

Erdogan: EU Negotiation Process Will Be Very Difficult

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey-EU negotiation process would be very difficult.

``This process can put pressure on us and we can have difficult debates in the country from time to time,`` said Erdogan in his address to the nation which was broadcast alive this evening at TV channels.

Referring to Turkey`s EU bid, Erdogan said that a new period started in Turkey`s 40-year EU adventure and recalled that the entry talks between Turkey and the EU would start on October 3rd, 2005.

Erdogan said that the government would continue to work to protect the interests of the country, adding that ``we will not give in to open or hidden provocations and unproductive discussions which could impede Turkey`s development and long-term interests``. ``We will always keep our stability and the competitiveness of the economic structure. We will make the public administration transparent. It will be able to determine its own priorities; will be sensitive to the demands of the people; and it will use its resources well,`` Erdogan said.

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