24 September 2005

Turkey's embarrassing situation

This cannot help Turkey's bid to join the European Union: Ban on genocide talks earns rebuke from EU. To his credit, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül has denounced the court decision, admitting that his country has put itself in a difficult position: "There is no one better than us when it comes to harming ourselves." The conference on the Armenian genocide will evidently be held elsewhere today to circumvent the ban. Now if only Gül can be persuaded to budge on Cyprus.

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