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Turkey may hold referendum on EU membership, says Erdogan

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President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks following a planned vote on April 16.

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"Right now we are holding a referendum on April 16 and after that we could choose to do a second one on the (EU) accession talks and we would abide by whatever our people would say there," Erdogan told a forum in Antalya.

Turkey began EU accession talks in 2005 but they have moved very slowly due to disagreements over Cyprus, human rights and other issues. Relations between Ankara and Brussels have become particularly strained in recent months.

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