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Chief negotiator outlines Ankara’s “five demands” from EU

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A fair negotiation process tops the list of five Turkish demands for establishing healthy relations between the European Union and EU-aspirant Turkey, State Minister and Chief EU Talks Negotiator Egemen Bagis said on Monday.

“Turkey wants a just negotiation process,” Bagis told a dinner he hosted for members of the Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association (DMD). “It wants an end to this nonsensical mentality on the visa issue; it wants concrete cooperation against terrorism; it wants an end to using the Cyprus problem as an obstacle; and it wants its leaders to be invited to EU summits alongside other candidate countries.”

He added, “It’s not wrong to voice these demands,” saying that Turkey won’t be the one to end the negotiation process. “Turkey won’t fall by the wayside. We’re determined to continue down the road we started in 1959,” he said.

Although Turkey began full membership negotiations in 2005, it has only been able to open 13 out of 35 chapters, and completed only one. Apart from three chapters that it can still open, the remaining are blocked by the EU or by individual member countries, mainly due to the Cyprus problem.

“There are some circles who are trying to put hurdles before Turkey’s EU process,” said Bagis. “These circles are using every opportunity for this.”

On Turkey’s refusal late last year to open the chapter on competition during Belgium’s EU presidency, Bagis said the EU had introduced benchmarks never before required of other candidate countries.

Complaining about EU visa procedures for Turkish citizens, Bagis said: “Turkey doesn’t deserve this. Asking [Turks to get] a visa for the Schengen zone, where citizens of Paraguay and Uruguay can travel freely, pains me.”

Well these 5 demands of Turkey are quite simply legitimate. As a Turkish citizen, I do support Mr Egemen Bağış.

The European Union has to respect its signatures of 1963, 1999, and 2004.

Regarding the chapter on competition, the EU proved again that it behaves like a carpet dealer. Yes, like a carpet dealer. That puts the EU to shame. But Turkey will not be fooled.

Most of the shadowy and disgraceful anti-Turkey circles within the EU are well-known (for instance today the minister for foreign affairs of Austria Mr Michael Spindelegger reminded (through the radio) the famous privileged racism partnership “suggested” by his lovely Austrian and European Christian club (if some prefer, it’s a privileged muslim partnership), whereas the president of Turkey Mr Gül is currently visiting Austria. What a provocation. What a despicable act. Congratulations Michael Spindelegger. Well the Austrian minister for foreign affairs has proved once more that the EU has well and truly become a circus. Why? Message to Mr Spindelegger: because in 1999 your country signed and confirmed that Turkey is a candidate country for the full EU membership. But today, as the minister for foreign affairs of Austria, you denied that signature. Besides, a reminder Mr Spindelegger: in 2004, before the decision to open the EU-Turkey negotiations was taken, your country Austria disgracefully blocked the EU summit until the last minute and stated: “If the EU doesn’t decide to open the negotiations with Croatia, we won’t approve the opening of the negotiations with Turkey”. And Austria got what it wanted. Therefore Mr Spindelegger, don’t you agree that the EU is a circus? Last but not least Mr Spindelegger, do you know why the EU didn’t want to open the negotiations with Croatia? Some say because in 2004 Croatia didn’t want to arrest its war criminals. What a wonderful world).

By the way, Mr Haluk Kabaalioğlu stated today at the EU parliament that the aim of Turkey is the full EU memberhsip and that it will never accept any so-called privileged partnership.

Well, as for the visas mentioned by Mr Bağış (and by Mr Gül today), the situation is quite simply insane: let’s remember that the EU will need dozens of millions of new workers (is that the reason for the hastily memberships of Bulgaria and Romania and for the 2004 enlargement?).
So my question is: why impose a humiliating visa policy to the Turkish citizens, whose country is a candidate to the EU, whose country started the negotiations with the EU in 2005?

On the one hand, the EU decided to lift the visas towards the citizens of a few countries of South America.

On the other hand, the EU decided to not give the green light to the EU commission so that it negotiates with Turkey about the visas imposed on the Turkish citizens.

But what is the issue? Religion? Does the EU aim at preventing more Muslims from coming and working in the EU? If that is the case, that is appalling.

But if religion is not the reason, then what’s the problem?

Eventually, there are too many problems in the world that need to be resolved: starvation, the climate change and the numerous environmental pollutions are at the top. So, why so much energy against Turkey’s EU membership? That – useless and negative – energy (which is synonymous with an impressive fury) makes no sense and….amazes me.

Best regards,

Cem

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