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EU agrees to resume membership talks with Turkey.

| BRUSSELS, June 25 (KUNA) -- The European Union Tuesday decided to resume negotiations with Turkey on EU membership after a three-year break.

The EU General Affairs Council (GAC) ministerial meeting in Luxembourg in a brief statement said the Council "agrees to open Chapter 22" on regional policy with Turkey.

The statement underlined that "the Inter-Governmental Conference with Turkey will take place after the presentation of the European Commission's annual progress report and following a discussion of the GAC which will confirm the common position of the Council for the opening of Chapter 22 and determine the date for the accession conference." The statement, however, did not give any date for the resumption of the negotiations.

An EU candidate country has to complete negotiations on 35 EU policy areas, known as chapters, before it can become an EU member.

So far, only 13 chapters have been opened with Turkey and only one was provisionally completed.

The EU began membership talks with Turkey in 2005.

The declaration followed that heavyweight regional power Germany and two other EU countries, Austria and Holland, opposed holding new talks with Ankara over the issue.(end) nk.rk KUNA 251404 Jun 13NNNN

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