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Freivalds welcomes Turkish E.U. Membership Talks

Published onsdag 6 oktober 2004 kl 13.11

Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Laila Freivalds has joined other European politicians in welcoming the qualified ’yes’ for membership talks between Turkey and the European Union.

Laila Freivalds, heard the news while visiting south eastern Turkey as part of a two day official visit to the country.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, Izzet Yildirim, head of the Council of Kurdish Associations in Sweden, echoed many politicians around Europe in saying that Turkey may face a long road in its preparations for joining the E.U.

Izzet Yildirim said he thinks it will take at least 12 to 15 years before Turkey is allowed full membership.

If the European Commission’s recommendation for Turkey is approved by the 25 E.U leaders at their December summit, entry talks could begin in early 2005, capping years of lobbying by Turkish leaders who say their country could form a bridge between Muslim countries and Europe.

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