Er­do­gan: Euro­pean Par­lia­ment vote on Tur­key has ‘no value’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Tur­key’s pres­i­dent de­clared yes­ter­day that an up­com­ing vote in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment on whether to freeze mem­ber­ship talks with Tur­key is of “no value” to his coun­try. Euro­pean Union leg­is­la­tors are sched­uled to hold a non-bind­ing vote this week on whether Tur­key’s ac­ces­sion talks should be sus­pended over the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment’s un­prece­dented crack­down fol­low­ing the failed mil­i­tary coup in July. EU na­tions have voiced se­ri­ous con­cern over the post-coup clam­p­down, which has re­sulted in mass purges from gov­ern­ment jobs for al­leged ties to a US-based cleric blamed for the coup, in the ar­rests of jour­nal­ists and pro-Kur­dish politi­cians and the clo­sure of hun­dreds of me­dia out­lets and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions. Some EU na­tions have called on the sus­pen­sion of Tur­key’s mem­ber­ship talks but the bloc is strug­gling to reach a com­mon stance that would bal­ance their need for Ankara’s con­tin­ued help to stop hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees head­ing to Europe with their con­cerns about rights abuses. Ad­dress­ing an an­nual econ­omy and trade meet­ing of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion in Is­tan­bul, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said: “Let me say this in ad­vance... What­ever the re­sult is, in our eyes this vote has no value.” “This coun­try’s strug­gle for its sta­bil­ity and fu­ture won’t be in­ter­rupted by (Euro­pean leg­is­la­tors’) rais­ing and low­er­ing their hands,” Er­do­gan said. “This na­tion has shown the world (dur­ing the failed coup at­tempt) that it is not a fair-weather demo­crat and that it will risk its life for its rights, its free­doms and its hon­our.”

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