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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a foreign ministers meeting in Cairo February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a foreign ministers meeting in Cairo February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Europe’s fate has not been written without Turkey up to today, and it will not be written without Turkey in the future, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Feb. 26 in Ankara, emphasizing Ankara’s importance to the European Union.

Referring to British support for Turkey’s EU membership, Davutoğlu said the situation in France and Germany was not the same as situation in the United Kingdom.

“On the one hand we are trying to make Berlin and Paris to get involved in this issue [Turkey’s membership], and at the same time we are making efforts for countries who look warmly on Turkey’s accession in the bloc. Ultimately, Europe’s fate has not been written without Turkey up to now, and it won’t be written without Turkey in the future,” he said at a meeting organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The EU’s future decisions regarding Turkey’s membership will affect the future of Europe more than ours,” he added.

Asked about the Greek Cypriot elections and the negotiation process on the divided island, Davutoğlu said the solution process was not being hindered by Turkey or Turkish Cyprus, but rather by Greek Cyprus.

“Neither Turkey nor Turkish Cyprus has responsibility for failing to secure a peace deal so far, it was Greek Cyprus that said ‘no’ in 2004 [to the Annan Peace Plan],” he said, adding that a “new test” was waiting for the newly-elected leader, Nicos Anastasiades. “If Anastasiades maintains his position on the peace process and paves a way for peace, he will definitely get a response.”

Anastasiades had supported the failed “yes” vote for a U.N. reunification blueprint in 2004, known as the so-called “Annan plan,” even though it was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots, resulting in a divided island joining the EU.

February/27/2013

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world citizen

2/27/2013 9:26:49 PM

What strikes me is that islamic faith has humility and respect at its core. Yet what we see from muslim leaders in Turkey and beyond is the exact opposite... Turkey and its great people should not see themselves as bigger than it is, the delusion will only bring disastrous outcomes. European history has been shaped by a multitude of factors, and Europe as an idea is only a couple centuries old...

Tekion Particle

2/27/2013 9:14:51 PM

Whatever is he on?

Suhail Shafi

2/27/2013 6:47:39 PM

With Europe deep in financial crisis and Turkey one of the few growing economies left, would'nt it actually better if Europe's story be written without Turkey ?

rich bind

2/27/2013 6:39:31 PM

The FM fails to note that Turkey tries at every opportunity to draw closer to Iran, China, Egypt, etc. Turkey has no core, no loyalty to Europe, it want to straddle the fence between East & West playing one against the other. It will not work. At its core the values of Turkey are Islamic & anti-West. Turkey talks all the time about its shared history with Iran, Iraq, etc. Good idea, look East for development and technology.

mike alexander

2/27/2013 6:06:35 PM

Keep dreaming my man !

Niko Labes

2/27/2013 5:56:11 PM

Offficial news: Read all about it! After Europe received its progress report from Mr.Davutoglu delivered by his emmisary Mr. Bagis and through careful study and deliberation the 27 nation block, has unanimously decided to apply for membership to the Neo Ottoman Empire.

Pawel Bury

2/27/2013 5:19:31 PM

Mr Davutoglou's opinion about Europe's fate has the same value as my opinion about NASA's next project. I will use the most popular phrase of his great leader: "Mind your own business".

Rudi Spermon

2/27/2013 5:16:45 PM

Good, everything I wanted to say is already said. As far as I know Turkey, the country I live in and love, isn't part of the EU yet.

mara mcglothin

2/27/2013 5:09:18 PM

Exactly SAM If he was half as important as he thought he was....and have you noticed that everything he states ends up being exactly the opposite of his prediction? I won't bore you with the long list of proclamations from him. I am sure you are well aware.

american american

2/27/2013 5:00:02 PM

yes, europe militarized, colonized, and expanded to counter the turkish threat.
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