Europe Firm on Expectations from Turkey

BRUSSELS (Marmara/Zaman)–Europe reiterated its recommendations and expectations to Turkey during the 43rd meeting of the EU-Turkey Partnership Council–in Brussels on May 18.

Addressing Turkey’s quest for EU membership–Enlargement Commissioner Gnter Verheugen praised the legislative reform package approved by Ankara as representing "very impressive progress," but said the EU still remains troubled by the shortcomings in the implementation of these reforms. And while praising Turkey’s policy on Cyprus–the body reviewed Turkey’s unbalanced policy on landownership by its non-Muslim population–its banning of Kurdish TV–and necessary reforms to guarantee judicial freedoms.

Responding to the criticism–Turkey’s Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul–who attended the session–offered guarantees that all laws will be implemented by year-end.

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