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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Rehn sees no reason to suspend talks with Turkey now

From The New Anatolian

European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn stated on Friday that there's no reason to cut off negotiations with Turkey if the country keeps its commitments and restarts reforms.

Urging Turkey to speed up reforms to bring the country closer to European Union membership, the Finnish commissioner stated that there are significant difficulties in the sphere of freedom of speech, alluding to a case in which Turkey's highest court enforced a previous court's ruling sentencing a reporter (Hrant Dink) for holding the "wrong" opinion.

"A country that doesn't apply core values, such as the principle of freedom of speech, couldn't be envisaged as a member of the EU. Fostering rule of law is just as important as recognizing Greek Cyprus," said Rehn.

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