EU calls on Tur­key to save democ­racy, steps up crit­i­cism

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The Euro­pean Union is­sued a strong new call on Tur­key yes­ter­day to re­sume po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue with op­po­si­tion groups and safe­guard its democ­racy, de­scrib­ing re­cent de­vel­op­ments as “ex­tremely wor­ry­ing”.

The state­ment was is­sued a day be­fore an an­nual EU as­sess­ment of Tur­key’s progress on meet­ing cri­te­ria for EU ac­ces­sion.

It noted dis­cus­sion in Ankara of rein­tro­duc­ing the death penalty fol­low­ing July’s failed mil­i­tary coup, a crack­down on the me­dia and the ar­rests last week of Kur­dish law­mak­ers.

“The EU and its mem­ber states ... call on Tur­key to safe­guard its Par­lia­men­tary democ­racy, in­clud­ing the re­spect for hu­man rights, the rule of law, fun­da­men­tal free­doms and the right of ev­ery­one to a fair trial, also in con­form­ity with its com­mit­ments as a can­di­date coun­try (for EU mem­ber­ship),” read the state­ment is­sued by for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini.

“In this re­gard, the EU and its mem­ber states will con­tinue to fol­low and as­sess the sit­u­a­tion very closely and they stand ready to con­tinue po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue with Tur­key at all lev­els.”

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