Bağış: Turkey will help Europe become all-embracing union

March 01, 2012, Thursday/ 18:08:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Turkey’s state minister and chief negotiator in the European Union accession talks, Egemen Bağış, has said Turkey’s approach to global problems would help Europe become an all-embracing union.

Speaking at the London School of Economics on Wednesday, Bağış said that Europe should be an all-embracing, multicultural, multilingual and multi-religion union. Although Europe is going through a difficult economic and political period, Turkey is willing to join the EU, the biggest peace project in human history, reiterated Bağış.

Bağış argued there are many Muslims living in Europe and the view that “Europe is a Christian club” is no longer valid, adding that Turkey being a Muslim country was an advantage for Europe. He said Turkey could make significant contributions to Europe’s global importance and noted that many countries saw Turkey as a source of inspiration.

Commenting on Turkey’s stance towards Greek Cyprus assuming the EU presidency in July, Bağış said Turkey would not recognize the Greek Cyprus administration at Europe’s helm. “We hope there will be a united Cyprus by July,” said Bağış, adding that if this had not been achieved by that date, Turkey would pursue its relations with the European Commission, European Parliament and EU member states, but ignore the rotating president.Turkey’s EU minister met representatives from the Network of Students (NOS) as part of his schedule in London.

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