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EU Parliament To Vote On Turkey's Membership Bid

15 December 2004 -- The European Parliament is expected to call on EU leaders today to open membership talks with Turkey.

The 732-member EU assembly meeting in Strasbourg, France, is to vote on more than 80 amendments to a resolution
concerning Turkey's ambitions to join the 25-nation bloc.

Many of the amendments call for the EU not to start entry talks.

The resolution is nonbinding. It calls for EU leaders, who will meet on 16-17 December, to open the negotiations with Turkey without undue delay if Ankara meets certain conditions. They include economic, political, and judicial reforms.

EU leaders will decide during the summit on whether to open talks with Turkey and when the negotiations should begin.