ANKARA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- After decades-long bid for the European Union membership, Turkey seems to be frustrated with the stalled negotiations due to alleged prejudicial attitude of the 28- member bloc.
As a clear sign to shelve membership talks, the senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote on Wednesday that Turkey needs to stop aspiring to the EU membership and look elsewhere for influence.
In his column for a Turkish daily, Yigit Bulut said that Turkey should immediately get rid of the EU scenarios, saying that "if there is a civilization project underway, it will emerge from the richness of our roots and history, not from the EU, which has gone into a process of dissolution."
Bulut claimed that Turkey will be successful in leading the new models emerging in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
The advisor's comments followed the critical remarks of Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis who said Turkey may drop the idea of obtaining the full EU membership.
During the Yalta European Strategy Conference held in Ukraine in the weekend, Bagis, also Turkey's chief negotiator with the EU, said Turkey would probably end up with a similar status like Norway, which is not a EU member but has access to the single market through free trade agreements.
"These remarks are expressions of deep frustration for and resentment towards the EU because of the lack of progress on negotiations amid political obstacles," Mesut Cevikalp, a foreign policy analyst, told Xinhua.
"Most of the blame goes to the EU side because they failed to open a single chapter in the talks for the last three years despite the fact that Turkey said it is ready and willing to open 10 chapters," he added.
Support for the EU membership among the Turkish public has also dropped dramatically, falling to 44 percent this year from 73 percent in 2004, according to a report released by the German Marshall Fund last week.
Beril Dedeoglu, a professor of international relations at Galatasaray University, said that the remarks of Turkish officials simply describe Turkey's EU situation, "Turkey lost is hopes."
"From the beginning, the main goal of the EU members that don't want to see Turkey in the union is to see Turkey throw in the towel. I guess they'll reach their goal soon," she said.
However, Turkish President Abdullah Gul underlined that Turkey 's EU accession process continues despite problems.
"As for the European Union, it remains a strategic goal for Turkey. Although the accession process seems to be frozen, on a technical level, things are actually moving along," Gul said in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings.
However, things may not look promising for Turkey especially after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's victory in the elections on Sunday.
During the elections Merkel's party openly declared its opposition to Turkey's bid for the EU membership.
"As regards Germany's position on Turkey's EU membership, it seems very little will change," Amanda Paul, Brussels-based analyst said.
"While Merkel will not be openly hostile toward Turkish accession, she has made no secret of the fact that she does not back it," she said.
Earlier this year, the Turkish prime minister revealed the idea that Turkey may seek full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an alternative to its EU bid.
In April at the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and General Secretary of the SCO Dmitry Mezentsev signed a memorandum of understanding granting Turkey dialogue-partner status in the organization.