France may unblock Turkeys EU entry talks.

By bne IntelliNews February 13, 2013
France is ready to begin discussions with Turkey on chapter 22, entitled regional policy, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. France previously had blocked five of the 35 negotiating chapters. Relations between Turkey and France were tense under former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the remarks by Fabius may signal a warming in ties. Turkey began accession talks with the EU in 2005. Last week, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized EU, saying that Turkey had started the formal process for integration in 1963 and this delay of more than 50 years was unforgivable. Erdogan also talked about deepening ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) that includes Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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