Saturday, January 21, 2006

Villepin: Turkey has no 'natural' right to join EU

French PM de Villepin, whose country appears against Turkey's EU membership and whose citizens appear to resist EU enlargement process by rejecting proposed EU constitution last year, states that Union-aspiring countries, including Turkey, have no natural or historical right to join bloc

Villepin stresses that decision on whether to admit Turkey must remain open until end of talks that began Oct 3

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin cautioned aspiring European Union members, including Turkey, that there is "no natural right or historical right" for countries to join the 25-nation bloc.

Villepin stressed late Wednesday that a decision on whether to admit Turkey must remain open until the end of the negotiations.

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