Turkey says it expects France - a vocal opponent of Turkey's push to
join the European Union - to treat its EU entry negotiations fairly
when France assumes the rotating EU presidency next month.
France takes over the presidency July 1, during which time it will lead negotiations with the Ankara government.
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Tuesday he believes his government's
EU entry process will move forward during the six-month French
presidency, and that the EU will host impartial talks.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has voiced opposition to Turkey's long-sought
entry into the 27-nation bloc, and French diplomats have been accused
of stalling bilateral talks in five policy areas.
has suggested the Ankara government be granted a special EU partnership
rather than full membership, citing the perception Muslim Turkey is
slow to enact political reforms demanded of EU members.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.