YEREVAN (Armradio)–Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon Tuesday to discuss terrorism, the Armenian issue and the European Union, the Turkish Daily News reports.
On the question of the Armenian genocide, which was on the agenda of the French Parliament, G?l said, "This is the business of historians and scientists, not politicians. Turkey has opened its archives to research on this issue."
Commenting on prerequisite reforms placed on Turkey for its EU membership bid, Gul remarked that EU reforms and negotiations are merely political and technical issues.
"Turkey’s road map is very clear," Gul said. "We should take care of our business." Any reforms that will be implemented will be done for the "benefit of the Turkish people," he added.
Answering a question about an earlier proposal by French President Nicholas Sarkozy to establish a Mediterranean Union as an alternative to Turkey’s EU membership, G?l said, "Turkey is a Mediterranean country. The Mediterranean Union is not an alternative to Turkey’s EU membership."
President Gul was in Paris for the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau where he gave a speech in support of Izmir’s (Turkey’s largest port city) candidacy to host EXPO 2015, a world fair whose location has not yet been determined.