In the wake of the Turkish election results euronews spoke to Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis.
“Your party, the AKP has focused much on creating a new constitution in order to complete and advance the reform process in Turkey. But you failed to get enough seats to even call for a referendum. How do you think this will effect your work on the drafting of a new constitution?”
“If the opposition parties keep the promises they pledged during their election campaign, then we will be able to come together and co-operate to write a new constitution.”
“Do you think this result will be an advantage for Turkey in its EU negotiation process ?”
“During the election campaign, neither our party, the AKP, nor the opposition parties misused or abused the EU process to take an advantage. On the contrary, Turkey’s EU process plays a very important role in Europe. I hope the message, given by our opposition parties, can be learnt as a lesson by Europe’s political parties. And I hope our European colleagues will help us in convincing our citizens to regain their confidence in the EU.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of willingness by the EU to cooperate with us in terms of visa requirements, Cyprus, negotiation chapters and the fight against terrorism. It is time the EU moved to reassure Turkey on these issues.”