Obama Supports Turkey EU Membership Efforts

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US President Barack Obama has begun a two-day visit to Turkey to meet Turkish leaders in an effort to revitalise ties between the two countries.

Obama made a visit to the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder, Ataturk, praising his "vision and courage", the BBC reported Monday.

En route to Ankara, Obama said he supported the country's efforts to join the European Union. He stated Turkey's accession would send an important signal to the Muslim world and firmly anchor it in Europe.

Before travelling to Turkey, Obama participated in a NATO gathering in France, where he helped to overcome Turkey's objection to Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the alliance's next leader.

Turkey had misgivings about Rasmussen over his refusal to apologise for the "cartoons controversy", in which a Danish newspaper published illustrations that inflamed passions in much of the Muslim world.

But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Sunday that Obama's support had helped to resolve concerns.

"He put forth a lot of positive energy," Erdogan said. "We responded positively to this. We hope that the promises made are kept."

Snipers and riot police have been deployed and military aircraft are patrolling a no-fly zone over Ankara. Almost 9 000 police will be deployed for Mr Obama's visit to Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, which begins late on Monday.


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resipsaloquitur - 9 Apr 2009 // 01:07:45

EXUSE ME,my dearest NELLIE!


The ONE who liberated it,was GORBATCHOV,who decided that the political system

of communism does NOT bring prosperity and

the previous Soviet Union decided to PRIVATIZE THE STATE OWN COMPANIES.

As for OBAMA telling US,EUROPEANS,what we ought to DO or OMIT,

GOOD,that he is back in North America,where he belongs.

Chushki - 7 Apr 2009 // 11:50:53

'What does the EU have to do with Obama anyway. Why doesn't Obama offer Turkey union with his own cuuntry instead of just simply trying to dump Turkey off with the rest of Europe.'

That would be a good move - although the US had better brace itself for an influx of more baba Nellies if this ever happens!

mavro from australia - 7 Apr 2009 // 02:50:26

What does the EU have to do with Obama anyway. Why doesn't Obama offer Turkey union with his own cuuntry instead of just simply trying to dump Turkey off with the rest of Europe.

NellieotAmerica - 6 Apr 2009 // 23:31:57

We have a rock star president who for the first time in American history fired the resident of a private corporation, General Motors, then immediately flew to Europe with an entourage of 500 courtiers and a worshipful media, bowed waist-deep to the King of Saudi Arabia, and proceeded to accuse his own country of arrogance.

In France, of all places.

Ahhh, those arrogant Americans. First they rebel against King George III and all the crowned heads of Europe. Then they welcome tens of millions of poor and persecuted people from the Old World. Then they fail to bow down to Europe's greatest figures -- from Napoleon and Otto von Bismarck to the Kaiser, Hitler and Stalin. Then they fight a civil war, losing half a million people to liberate black people in America. Then they diss the man the BBC considers to be the greatest philosopher ever, one Karl Marx, whose followers killed 100 million innocents in the 20th century. And then, to top it all off, they liberate both the Western half of Europe (in 1946) and the Eastern half (in 1989).

What arrogance these Americans have. Either that, or a very, very -- no, stunningly -- ignorant man was just elected president -- largely because millions of benevolent voters believed that we owe black people a presidency. They may come to see that as their biggest mistake ever. In the next couple of years they will see a tripling of government debt, high inflation, a permanent loss in their personal wealth, and a major devaluation of the dollar.

cobra - 6 Apr 2009 // 16:24:27

yes it does what the black man wants the black man gets!!

Sarkozy told Obama to f-off about Turkey in EU...just wants till the 'bruthas' in Paris start rioting and burning more cars and raping women...they are DOWN with Obama and enemies of Sarko!

nellie2006 - 6 Apr 2009 // 16:05:27

The Obaminator is licking Turkish schlong and bending over big time today. I always thought he had a big mouth. Now I am thinking he works both ends. What a duche! There's too many things wrong with all this to single out just one, overly devastating line of bullshit. For instance: the US is not at war with Islam. The hell we aren't!

Mat - 6 Apr 2009 // 12:25:10

Luckily, this has nothing to do with Mr Obama....

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