EU concerned over basic freedoms in Turkey
14 June 2012
The Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee was held in Strasbourg
Speaking at the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee meeting in Strasbourg on June 13-14, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Stefan Füle (in charge also of the EU-Turkey Accession talks) remarked that the non-governmental organizations in Turkey are concerned about institutions that protect basic freedoms.
Mentioning his visit to Turkey two weeks ago and his observations on the current situation in the country, Füle underlined that the problem of mutual trust with Turkey has prevented development of Turkeys relations with the EU for the last two years. Füle also put emphasis on the importance of Turkeys earnestly carrying out the reforms it is supposed to make.
Calling attention on KCK arrests, the EU Commissioner stated that; In consideration of the people who have been put in jail because of their thoughts, Turkey should make an amendment in the definition of crime, the anti-terror law and the recognition of womens rights and belief groups such as Alewis.
Speaking after Füle, Under-Secretary for European Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Ambassador Kim Jorgensen -stressed that Turkey should protect basic human rights and freedoms, and called attention to the importance of the Kurdish problem and the freedom of the press.
Helene Flautre, Co-President of Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee also called attention to the importance of finding a solution to the Kurdish problem with an approach from its political and cultural respects we well.
Evaluating the arrest of Kurdish politicians and BDP members as a consequence of the current anti-terror law, Flautre called on the Turkish government to make necessary amendments to remedy the current situation in the country.
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