Vatican not against Turkey joining the EU

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November 26, 2006 18:39

 
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The Vatican is not against mostly Muslim Turkey joining the European Union, the Vatican spokesman said Sunday. The comment by the spokesman, Federico Lombardi, came in advance of a four-day visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI beginning Tuesday - his first papal trip to the Muslim world. "If Turkey fulfills its obligations and meets the requirements of the EU criteria, why shouldn't it become a full member of the EU?" Lombardi said in an interview in Rome with Turkey's state-owned Anatolia news agency. "The issue of Turkish membership in the EU is a political one," he was quoted as saying. "We must note that the Vatican is not a member of the EU." Lombardi later confirmed those comments in a telephone call with The Associated Press.

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