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Armenians to Hold an EP Conference on Turkey

By Zaman

Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2005

zaman.com

The European Armenian Federation with the support of the Christian Democrats is organizing a “Conference on Turkey” in the European Parliament (EP) on September 22.

Several important figures including former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier are expected to participate in the conference titled “December 2004-October 2005: Has Turkey Changed?”

Under the auspices of the EP Vice-President Ingo Friedrich, the conference aims to evaluate the reform process in Turkey and if the country is ready or not for European Union membership negotiations, which will start in 10 days time.

However, the fact that the conference is being organized by the European Armenian Federation, well known with its views against Turkey, increases the possibility that the meeting could turn into an anti-Turkey platform.

Apart from Barnier, EP Socialist Group Chair Martin Schulz, EP French member Jacques Toubon, also known for his views against Turkey, Armenian Parliament Foreign Relations Committee Chair Armen Rustamyan, EP Turkey Rapporteur Camiel Eurlings and Pierre Mirel from the European Commission Directorate-General for EU Enlargement are expected to take part in the conference.

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