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Turkish deputy premier calls for constructive EU approach

   Thu 19/10/2000

Brussels, 19th October: Mesut Yilmaz, state minister and deputy prime minister, currently holding contacts in Brussels, met with the members of the European Parliament and called for a constructive approach and support for Turkey.

Turkish deputy premier calls for constructive EU approach BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Oct 19, 2000

Text of report in English by the Turkish news agency Anatolia

Brussels, 19th October: Mesut Yilmaz, state minister and deputy prime minister, currently holding contacts in Brussels, met with the members of the European Parliament and called for a constructive approach and support for Turkey.

Philippe Morillon, Turkey rapporteur and French Christian Democrat, was among the group of parliamentarians who met with Yilmaz. British Liberal Adrew Duff, British Socialist Richard Balfe, British Liberal Baronnes Nicholson, Dutch Liberal Lousewies van der Laan, French Socialist Catherine Lalumiere, British Conservative Geoffrey Van Orden and British Socialist Gary Titley were those who met with Yilmaz.

Pointing out that European Parliament has an important role in improvement of Turkish-EU relations, Yilmaz said Turkey gained momentum following Helsinki summit.

Yilmaz said Turkey respected to the views of European Parliament and noted that Turkey's approach was very different regarding the minorities. He said Ankara prepared an action plan for the solution of the southeast problem and stressed that it will be implemented in a resolved way.

Stressing that the allegations saying Turkey slowed down the reform process following Helsinki summit were not right, Yilmaz said Turkey planned to complete adjustment laws and initiatives regarding the EU regulations.

Yilmaz pointed out the importance of the accession partnership document which the EU Commission would disclose in November, adding that Turkey is governed by a coalition government which works in harmony.

Pointing out that Turkey knew the sensitivity of the European Parliament regarding the human rights, Yilmaz said the sourness period, which was created by the attitude of several European parliamentarians supporting terrorism, was left behind.

Yilmaz expressed regret over the bringing of Armenian allegations to the agenda of the European Parliament, adding that Turkey closely followed the approach of the European Parliament in this respect.

Yilmaz said discrimination should not be made to Turkey regarding financial aid.

Meanwhile, French Morillon said no precondition was put forward to Turkey and noted that they want transparency for the usage of the financial aid.

Source: Anatolia news agency, Ankara, in English 1355 gmt 19 Oct 00

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