TURKISH MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION WOULD STRENGTHEN EUROPE'S FOUNDATION

PanARMENIAN.Net
07.04.2009 16:45 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ French President Nicolas Sarkozy's refusal to grant
EU membership to Turkey is not a result of French-Armenian relations,
TRT-2 cited US President Barack Obama as saying.

Speaking Monday to the Turkish Parliament, Obama reiterated
U.S. support of Turkey's bid to be a member of the economic alliance as
Turkish membership in the European Union would "broaden and strengthen"
Europe's foundation.

Obama said Monday the U.S. isn't speaking as a member of the EU,
but as "close friends of Turkey and Europe", and hopes Europe will
reconsider its views on the issue.