September 30, 2023


Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik spoke about the EU General Affairs Council Conclusions adopted the previous day, saying: “With this document, the EU has declared that it will not comply with the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March.

We cannot accept a selective relationship in which the EU sees Turkey as a key partner in areas such as migration, terrorism, transport, and energy, which are in the EU’s own interests, but refuses to fulfil its commitments to Turkey.”

In a statement released via his Twitter account, the Minister for EU Affairs stated that Turkey cannot take seriously the biased stance taken by the EU on Turkey-Greece relations and the Cyprus issue, which is far from being objective and based on a “solidarity between neighbours” rather than on legitimacy.

Criticizing the document, Çelik emphasized that the conclusions had historical significance in that they demonstrate the extent of the confusion which clouds collective reason in the EU. Minister Çelik said: “This document, which has no vision, bears no reflection on reality and is full of contradictions clearly shows how the EU is being held captive by an anti-Turkish mentality.”

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