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Turkey Plays Down French No Vote

Monday, 30 May 2005 12:00 AM

Although the European constitution makes no reference to Turkey's possible membership, the "No" camp in France played on voters fears of admitting the large, poor and predominantly Muslim nation. Those fears are shared by other EU members notably, the Netherlands, where voters are widely expected to reject the constitution in a referendum in June.

Prime Minister Erdogan told VOA in a recent interview that linking Turkey's membership to approval of the constitution was misleading. It is the contents of the constitution, not Turkey's membership, that was put to the vote, he said.

Mr. Erdogan accused both the French government and French opposition leaders of using the issue of Turkish membership as a political tool. He said regardless of European attitudes, Turkey would continue to improve and strengthen democracy.

Mr. Erdogan says that Turkey is pursuing the reform process to improve the lives of its own citizens not merely to join the EU.

(VOA News)

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