Turkish FM expects new momentum in EU reforms after local elections

Hurriyet English - Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan reiterated Wednesday his country's commitment for accession to the European Union, and added that he expects a new momentum in the reform process after the local elections in March. "It is quite normal and natural that there may be ups and downs in this process. Our determination for EU membership remains intact and I expect a new momentum in the reform process after local elections (in Türkiye)," Babacan was quoted by Anatolian Agency as telling a televised interview. Babacan said Turkish President Abdullah Gul was scheduled to pay a formal visit to Brussels soon, adding that Premier Tayyip Erdogan was also planning to pay one. The Turkish foreign minister also said he expected that a number of "serious steps would be taken sooner or later" for a major overhaul of the Turkish constitution.