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Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on negotiations regarding Turkey’s possible accession to the EU. (115413)

The Government believe that Turkey’s accession is of strategic importance to the UK and to the EU. We were therefore pleased that the December 2006 General Affairs and External Relations Council agreed that the accession negotiations should continue and the chapters for which technical preparations have been completed will be opened.