Published On: Sat, Nov 26th, 2016

German spokeswoman says EU shouldn’t freeze accession talks with Turkey

Sawsan Chebli German Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman

Following the non-binding voting of a motion to freeze accession talks with Turkey at the European Parliament on November 25th German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli said  “EU shouldn’t freeze accession talks with Turkey”. The spokeswoman also said “It is important that we keep talking at a regular government news conference.  “It is important that we do not freeze the accession negotiations because that would only further damage the relationship between Turkey and Europe, and that would not be in the interest of Turkey or of Europe,” she added.

Chebli said the EU’s migrant deal with Turkey remained in the interest of both sides.  “If one looks at the facts, then it is the case that both sides are sticking to the agreement and we hope that remains the case as it is in the interests of both sides,” she said.   “We see the EU-Turkey agreement… as a success for both sides. And the continuation of this agreement is in the interest of all parties,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer, said.

“The EU stands by its commitments under the agreement and is meeting its commitments. Threats on either side are not helpful now,” she added.

“Where there are difficulties, we need to resolve them.”

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