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Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on Turkey's approaches to the Governments of the European Community, with a view to making an application to join the European Economic Community.

The Turkish Government have not made an application for Turkish accession to the Community. At the meeting of the EEC/Turkey Association Council on 5 February the Turkish Foreign Minister however made clear Turkey's view that Turkish accession was the final objective of the 1963 Association Agreement and that the Association Agreement should be used to prepare Turkey for accession.