Anadolu Agency: Turkey gets 'tired' of European Union membership process: Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan le 5 janvier 2018 à l'ElyséeLUDOVIC MARIN
Recep Tayyip Erdogan le 5 janvier 2018 à l'ElyséeLUDOVIC MARIN
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06 January, 2018

The study, which Eurosam announced on the sidelines of a meeting in Paris of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, is to lay the ground for a development and production contract.

"We have had a very honest discussion on this subject", Macron told reporters, saying both sides needed to leave "hypocrisy" behind in pretending the process was moving forward normally.

"We should. see if we can not rethink this relationship, not in the framework of the (EU) integration process, but perhaps a cooperation, a partnership", he said, adding the main goal must be to keep Turkey - a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member - "anchored" in Europe and its "future. built looking toward Europe and with Europe".

Fethullah Gulen, a US -based preacher, is accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt.

In his remarks at the joint news conference, Macron said "two-facedness" in Turkey-EU ties should come to an end.

More than 55,000 officials, security force members, judges, academics, journalists and activists have been arrested since the coup, which has been accompanied by a crackdown on pro-Kurdish activists.

"And it's now been 54 years that Turkey has been waiting in the antechamber of the EU", Erdogan said.

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Anadolu Agency: Turkey gets 'tired' of European Union membership process: Erdogan

In order to become a member of the bloc, Turkey has to successfully conclude negotiations with the EU in 35 policy chapters that involve reforms and the adoption of European standards.

Protests over deteriorating press freedoms and human rights abuses in Turkey greeted Erdogan upon his arrival.

"Democracies must fully respect the rule of law", Macron warned Erdogan.

The visit to France will be Erdogan's first since the botched July 2016 putsch and one of only a handful to Europe since the attempted army takeover. "When it comes to saying why the European Union is not really capable of giving reasons".

Erdogan also told the news conference he would discuss with Macron subjects such as the status of Jerusalem, Iraq and Libya, as well as the latest developments on the divided island of Cyprus and European Union-related issues.

"The step we will be taking as France, Turkey and Italy on EUROSAM is important, and we will discuss it again today", he said.

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