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Peace at home, peace in the world

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Message of H.E. Ahmet Davutoğlu on the Occasion of Europe Day, 9 May 2009

The European Union is the most successful project in European history. It is most significant example of creating a long-lasting era of peace, stability and prosperity by overcoming disagreements and deep historical hostilities through dialogue and compromise.

In the recent past the EU has demonstrated that it could be an influential instrument for overcoming its division.

This project, whose foundation was laid half a century ago, gains value every passing day at a time when international challenges diversify and become more complex. It continues to be a centre of attraction for countries that aspire to take their place in European integration.

The EU today, that represents a common future for around 500 million people, contributes to the stability in the world by constituting a source of inspiration to similar initiatives in many regions.

The Turkish people perceive the EU as a sum of shared values they embrace and an area of prosperity where the highest standards of living can be attained.

Turkey is part of the European integration process in terms of its historical background and future prospect. This is why our membership in the EU is a strategic goal. We are confident that we will attain this goal. Various reforms which we have undertaken in many areas is a clear reflection of our will and determination.

On the occasion of Europe Day, I would like to extend my respects to those who have contributed to European integration. I wish that this successful project will continue to grow stronger.