Suspending or ending Turkey's EU accession not acceptable, Çelik says

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 08.09.2017 14:12
Updated 08.09.2017 23:07
European Union Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik speaks during a press conference in Tallinn, Estonia on September 8, 2017 (AFP Photo)
European Union Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik speaks during a press conference in Tallinn, Estonia on September 8, 2017 (AFP Photo)

Suspending or halting Turkey's EU accession is not acceptable, as such rhetoric supports radicalism, EU Minister Ömer Çelik told a meeting attended by EU foreign ministers in Estonia Friday.

Speaking at a news conference following a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Tallinn, Çelik said that the term "radicalism" is interchangeably used for Muslims, but should not just be used in the context of religion.

He warned that wrong steps taken by EU countries may damage integration and fuel radicalism.

Çelik's comments came after German politicians pledged to halt Turkey's EU accession talks, as part of their election campaign.

He noted that politicizing Turkey-Germany relations will not benefit German politicians and will harm democracy.

He also criticized the bloc for failing to cooperate with Turkey in its determined fight against PKK terrorists.

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