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    The foundation of Turkish foreign policy...

    Hello,

    "The foundation of Turkish foreign policy was laid by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkey. From the republican era onwards, Turkey has been developed by incrementally adopting the principles of democracy, market economy and respect for human rights, and also accorded particular importance and priority to integration with the West.

    As a country which shares the same norms with the West, Turkey is an inseparable part of Europe. We have perpetually paid attention to strengthening relations with Western institutions in the fields of politics, economy, culture and security. Within this context, Turkey became a member of European Council, OECD, NATO, CSCE, and established a partnership relation in 1963 with the European Union, a core entity for European integration.

    Turkey applied to the EU for full membership in 1987. 1995 is targeted as the year to implement a custom union with the EU. The customs union will ensure de facto economic integration and constitute an important phase en route to full membership.

    As a member of NATO since 1952, Turkey also established a partnership relation on the basis of the principle of “full participation” with the Western European Union (WEU), another significant entity of the European security architecture. As is the case with the EU, full membership in the WEU is our ultimate goal.

    Turkey is not only a Western country, but also a country in the Balkans, Black Sea, Caucasia, Middle East and Mediterranean. It aims at maintaining friendly and good relations with the neighboring countries in its region, and also functions as an advocator and pioneer of multilateral regional cooperation.

    In the post-Cold War period, aggressive trends in the Balkans-Caucasia-Gulf triangle and ethnic conflicts in the region have escalated tensions. In the newly emerged international conjuncture, Turkey has transformed from being a periphery country in NATO to a center, and also its strategic importance has increased.

    In a region where a great number of conflicts and widespread instability continue, Turkey, being a stable country, has gained ground with its peaceful role, and become a country that many look to its contribution to resolutions to crises around its region. Turkey is fulling its responsibility in this regard and doing its part for the restoration of peace in its region."

    The text above is my translation of a sample text retrieved from the Turkish Foreign Ministry's entrance examination. Can you please check the English?

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    Re: The foundation of Turkish foreign policy...

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    Hello,

    "The foundation of Turkish foreign policy was laid by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. From the republican era onwards, Since that time, Turkey has been developed by incrementally adopting the principles of democracy, market economy and respect for human rights, and has also accorded particular importance and priority to integration with the West.

    As a country which shares the same norms with the West, Turkey is an inseparable part of Europe. We have perpetually always paid attention to strengthening relations with Western institutions in the fields of politics, the economy, culture and security. Within this context, Turkey became a member of the European Council, the OECD, NATO, and CSCE, and established a partnership relation in 1963 with the European Union, a core entity for European integration.

    Turkey applied to the EU for full membership in 1987. 1995 is targeted envisaged as the year to implement a customs union with the EU. The customs union will ensure de facto economic integration and constitute an important phase en route to full membership.

    As a member of NATO since 1952, Turkey also established a partnership relation on the basis of the principle of “full participation” with the Western European Union (WEU), another significant entity of the European security architecture. As is the case with the EU, full membership in the WEU is our ultimate goal.

    Turkey is not only a Western country, but also a country in the Balkans, the Black Sea region, Caucasia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. It aims at to maintain ing friendly and good relations with the neighboring countries in its region, and also functions as an advocator and pioneer of multilateral regional cooperation.

    In the post-Cold War period, aggressive trends instability and violence in the Balkans-Caucasia-Gulf triangle and ethnic conflicts in the region have escalated tensions. In the newly emerged international conjuncture, Turkey has transformed from being a peripheral country in NATO to a central player in the region, and also its strategic importance has increased.

    In a region where a great number of conflicts and widespread instability continue, Turkey, being a stable country, has gained ground with its peaceful role, and become a country that many look towards its contribution to resolutions to for resolving crises around its region. Turkey is fulling fulfilling its responsibility in this regard and doing its part for the restoration of peace in its region."
    I don't understand the text in blue.

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