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Turkish PM Bitter About EU Talks

On a visit to Helsinki on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the EU for delays in his country's EU membership negotiations.

Turkin pääministeri Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image: YLE

Talks which began five years ago are stalled, largely because of issues related to Cyprus. Erdogan said that the word 'disappointed' was too mild a word to describe his feelings about the EU process.

Erdogan held talks with his Finnish opposite number, Mari Kiviniemi, about boosting bilateral trade, economic and energy questions and Turkey's hopes of joining the Union.

Kiviniemi praised the Turkish government for the reforms it has carried out and said Finland is committed to Ankara's EU membership.

Erdogan also met with President Tarja Halonen, Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and members of Finland's Turkish community.

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