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S Korea-Turkey FTA-chronology

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SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- The following are the key events in negotiations between South Korea and Turkey for a free trade agreement (FTA) that will take effect on May 1.

2008

June -- South Korea and Turkey launch a joint study on the feasibility of signing a bilateral free trade agreement.

Sept. 25 -- The first South Korea-Turkey joint meeting on the outcome of their feasibility study is held in Seoul.

2009

March 26 -- The second South Korea-Turkey joint meeting is held in Ankara.

May -- The joint feasibility study on the FTA ends.

2010

Feb. 19 -- A public hearing on the Korea-Turkey FTA is held.

March 19 -- South Korea and Turkey agree to launch official negotiations on the proposed FTA.

April 26-30 -- The first round of South Korea-Turkey FTA talks is held in Ankara.

July 19-23 -- The second round of FTA negotiations between South Korea and Turkey is held in Seoul.

2011

March 7-11 -- The third round of FTA talks is held in Ankara.

2012

March 7-10 -- South Korea and Turkey hold their fourth round of FTA talks in Seoul.

March 26 -- South Korea and Turkey tentatively sign their bilateral free trade agreement.

Aug. 1 -- The Korea-Turkey FTA is officially signed.

Aug. 29 -- The South Korean government submits a bill on the ratification of the Korea-Turkey FTA to the South Korean parliament.

Nov. 22 -- South Korea's National Assembly ratifies the Korea-Turkey FTA.

2013

April 1 -- South Korea and Turkey announce their FTA will take effect on May 1, 2013.

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