Turkey: EU Enlargement

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 will be a consideration in the Government's policy in respect of the application by Turkey for membership of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The EU Accession Negotiating Framework of 2005 requires Turkey's unequivocal commitment to good neighbourly relations with all its neighbours. The European Commission's 2011 Progress Report on Turkey's accession to the European Union concluded that no progress had been made in the past year in the normalisation of relations with Armenia.

Her Majesty's Government continue to encourage the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Armenia to improve the stability and security of the region and open up wider trade opportunities for the benefit of both countries and wider Europe.

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