Turkish State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said on Wednesday that according to recent surveys, 60 percent of society would support Turkey's accession to the EU.

Holding a meeting with media representatives in Istanbul, Bagis said that the importance of Turkey in the EU was increasing each day.
He added that it was necessary to focus on reforms.

Bagis said that the new European Parliament, Enlargement Report as well as Turkey Report which was expected to be adopted in January 2010 would show the support extended to Turkey. He added that EU membership was a strategic target for Turkey.

Turkey, whether or not joined the EU, needed a new Constitution, and the issue of a new Constitution should not be a political matter, said Bagis.

Regarding the attempts of Greek Cypriot administration in the EU to block opening of chapters in Turkey's EU negotiations, Bagis said that Greek Cypriot administration was harming both itself and the EU.

Bagis said that Turkey was a bridge for the EU, and a barrier against illegal migration and illicit drug trafficking.

He said that according to a survey in Europe, 40 percent supported Turkey's EU membership.

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