'EU should value Turkey's strategic role'

Wed 22 Dec 2010 09:05 GMT | 13:05 Local Time

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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says EU should value Turkey's strategic role.

The President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said that Turkey has begun to play a more active role in its region and the EU should develop close partnership with Ankara without waiting for the outcome of accession negotiations.

Van Rompuy who visited Hungary that is getting ready to take over the EU term presidency, made important statements on Turkey.

Van Rompuy said in a speech he made at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences that the EU accepted Turkey- its important neighbouring country, as a candidate country in 1999 and started accession negotiations in 2005.

Stating that Turkey has begun to play a more active role in its region, Van Rompuy said that the EU should develop close partnership with Ankara without waiting for the outcome of accession negotiations.

On negotiations, Van Rompuy said that Turkey has a chance to make further progress in 2011 and its efforts for reforms have produced effective results.

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