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Brussels, 13 June 2011

Message of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy to Prime Minister Erdogan after the elections of 12 June 2011

"We congratulate you on the outcome of the general elections held on 12 June.

The results open the way to further strengthening Turkey's democratic institutions, as well as to the continued modernisation of the country, in line with European values and standards. We are convinced the coming period offers new opportunities for further reforms, including work on a new constitution in the broadest possible consultation and a spirit of dialogue and compromise, and for strengthening confidence between Turkey and all EU Member States. Progress in these fields should also give new impetus to the accession negotiations with the European Union.

We remain committed to enhancing our dialogue and co-operation to the benefit of our citizens and our region, and would welcome you to Brussels at your earliest convenience."

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