Monday, October 03, 2005

Turkey, EU agree to begin historic talks

LUXEMBOURG — Turkey and the European Union agreed Monday to start membership talks — a historic step that would transform the bloc by taking in a predominantly Muslim nation and expanding the EU's borders to the Middle East.

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said before leaving for Luxembourg that his country had agreed to the EU's terms for opening the negotiations. He earlier had delayed his departure, insisting Turkey could not accept second-class status in the EU.

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