1/16/2008

Zapatero: "Turkey accession to be the most important decision of EU"

PRNET - “After 10 years or in 2020, whenever Turkey becomes a full member of the European Union, this will be the EU’s most important decision in 21st century” said Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Spain visit. Erdogan attended the first Alliance of Civilizations Annual Forum and was received by King Juan Carlos in Madrid. Erdogan also held talks with Senate President Javier Rojo. After a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Erdogan told reporters that the success of the Alliance of Civilizations process will mean the end of terrorism. Erdogan said that a French proposed “Mediterranean union” is no alternative to the European Union. “We’re against such an idea, and we’re definitely against Turkey taking part in such a formation if it is put forth as an alternative to the EU” Erdogan told in a breakfast organized by Europa Press in Madrid. For his part, Zapatero said that his country’s ongoing support for Ankara’s full European Union membership will continue. Emphasizing the point that ‘EU always keeps its promises’ Zapatero said “I hope EU will not change its decision on the matter of Turkey’s membership.”

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