Austria's chancellor changes stance on EU accession talks with Turkey: FAS

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Posted: Sep 17, 2016 11:30 AM

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern has backed down from his call to end European Union accession talks with Turkey, German weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) said, citing participants at the EU summit in Bratislava.

"Now is not the best time to ask for a termination of the accession negotiations," Kern said in Bratislava, according to a preliminary release of a FAS story to be published on Sunday.

Kern said in August that he would start a discussion among European heads of government to quit talks with Turkey about joining the EU because of what he said were the country's democratic and economic deficits.

The chancellery was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Dominic Evans)