Erdogan: Turkey 'tired' of EU membership process

2018-01-06 13:35
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)

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Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara is "tired" of its sluggish European Union membership process, noting that it cannot indefinitely be requesting to join the bloc.

His comments on Friday came during a visit to Paris, where he held talks his his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

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.


of cooperation or or partnership".

"Recent developments and choices do not allow any progress," the French president said, noting, however, that "as France, we believe that future of Turkey and Turkish people should be in Europe".

A number of EU member states has condemned the Turkish government's arrests and purges of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Local and international rights groups have accused Ankara of using the putsch bid as a pretext to silence opposition in the country.

The government has said the purges and detentions are aimed at removing from state institutions and other parts of society the supporters of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based, self-exiled religious leader blamed by Ankara for the attempted coup.

"Turkey is ruled by law," Erdogan said at the press conference. "Europe always tells us that judiciary must be independent. Well, in Turkey, our judiciary is independent. They make their own decisions independently."

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