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Turkey, UK set up working group on environment

HDN | 1/17/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Turkey and United Kingdom decided to set up a working group to help the Turkish government meet European Union membership criteria on environment issues.

 Turkey and United Kingdom decided to set up a working group to help the Turkish government meet European Union membership criteria on environment issues.

The decision was made public on Saturday in Istanbul folowing the meeting between Turkey’s Chief Negotiator with EU, Egemen Bağış and UK Minister for European Affairs. Chris Bryant, came to Turkey to attend the official launch of Istanbul as the EU Capital of Culture. He met with Bağış ahead of Saturday night’s official ceremony.

Bağış said the two countries decided to set up a working group tasked to look in what ways UK and Turkey can cooperate to help Turkey meet European Union stardards on environment. Within the framework of accession process to the European Union, the Turkish goverment started entry talks last month on the environment chapter. “We will benefit from the UK’s experience on the required steps to be taken on environment issues,” said Bağış, talking at a press conference following his meeting with Bryant. “We are passionately supporting Turkey’s EU membership process,” said Bryant. He said the UK stands ready to help Turkey, adding that the final goal should be membership and not any other alternative.

Expressing optimism on opening further chapters in the months to come, Bryant said Turkey needed to do more work on its labor law to open another chapter.

“Resolution of the Cyprus problem must be a key objective for Turkey,” said Bryant when asked to comment on the negotiations that continue on the island between the two communities. “We try to keep Turkey’s accession to the EU and resolution to the Cyprus problem separate. But it is difficult to keep them separate,” said the British minister. Negotiations on certain chapters are blocked due to Turkey’s refusal to open its ports for shipping from Greek Cyprus, as the Turkish government does not recognize the government in the south as the representative of the whole island.

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