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TURKEY-EU -Turkey's chief negotiator says prejudice is biggest obstacle on EU path.

ISTANBUL, Apr 10, 2011 (TUR) -- The Turkish chief negotiator for talks with the European Union (EU) said on Sunday that prejudices were the biggest obstacle in Turkey's EU membership process.

Speaking at a press conference at the Istanbul office of Secretariat General for EU affairs, Turkish State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU Talks Egemen Bagis said, "Unfortunately, there are prejudices both in our country and within the union".

Bagis noted that Turkey's EU process had not separated the country like some circles claimed, on the contrary, the membership process made Turkey stronger.

"However, Turkey has become an issue that causes separations within EU as member countries have different opinions on the matter. Those who can perceive Turkey's strategic position and those who have difficulties in understanding such fact have different views on the issue," Bagis said.

The minister noted that the number of supporters of Turkey's EU bid kept increasing with each passing day thanks to efficient communication activities.

Commenting on projects concerning Turkey's young population as well, Bagis said young people constituted a great hope for those who could understand Turkey's importance.


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Date:Apr 10, 2011
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