PARIS (Combined Sources)–French President Nikolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated their objection to Turkey joining the European Union Thursday during the "Lets Build Our Future Together" conference held by the Ruling French Union for a Popular Movement party.
"I would like to be accepted as a friend of Turkey. However, I have to state that there is no place for Turkey in the European Union as the country is located in Asia Minor," Sarkozy said. "We may consider Turkey as a privileged partner of the European Union but we should not be tempted into thinking that all European neighboring countries must become members of the EU."
"If we keep expanding the European Union we will destroy the policy of Europe," Sarkozy warned.
"The Union for Popular Movement, which is the main French center-right political party and the German Christian Democratic Union are united in their intention to propose that Turkey be a privileged partner and not full-fledged member of the EU," Merkel stated.
11 parliamentarians of the Union for a Popular Movement have cosigned a statement in opposition of Turkey’s membership in the European Union.
"Turkey’s membership will have a negative impact on the EU budget," reads the statement. "In order to preserve the borders and political existence of the EU, Turkey must not be accepted into the Union."
"71 percent of French and 66 percent of German citizens voted against Turkey’s membership in the EU," the letter continues.
"Turkey’s accession would be a great mistake," according to the letter. "The borders it shares with Syria, Iraq and Azerbaijan will put Europe’s borders at risk and bring an end to the European mentality."