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Erdogan suggests referendum on Turkey’s EU bid

Ankara, Oct 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/6/2018 12:10:13 PM IST

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that he could take his country to a referendum over its EU bid, which has been long-stalled.

At the TRT World Forum, President Erdogan said, “If the European Union continues wasting Turkey’s time in its accession to the union, then the country could hold a referendum over its membership bid.

“It is better to see this process faster, so that Turkey can determine its way. European countries hold referendums twice or thrice a year. One should get used to referendums,’’ he added.

In a report published in Hrriyet Daily News, Mr Erdogan also asked for serious reform in the United Nations Security Council.

Turkey’s accession talks began in 2005, but the negotiations stalled in 2007 due to objections from the Greek Cypriot administration on the divided island of Cyprus, as well as opposition from Germany and France.

As of May 2016, a total of 16 chapters had been opened and one concluded.

However, in December 2016, the member states said no new chapters would be opened.

“We could not remain silent in the face of the injustice in our EU membership bid process and the double standards.’’ the President added.

 

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