Turkey gets crucial EU messages on 5 issues The president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, has given strong support to Turkey’s EU membership bid, Kurdish peace push and other reforms, while underlining the importance of a solution to the Cyprus issue and Turkey’s importance in the trade talks between the EU and the United States. Van Rompuy was in Ankara yesterday and held meetings with Turkey’s top officials, including President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.