EU/UE: Accession talks with Turkey should be suspended now!


Les négociations d’adhésion avec la Turquie devraient être suspendues maintenant !

The EU and its Member States are following the most recent developments in Turkey with grave concern. collignon_turkeyThe EU and its Member States are following the most recent developments in Turkey with grave concern. Turkey has become an autocratic state since the failed coup attempt. The European Commission should make it crystal clear that Turkey is on the wrong path. All accession talks should be suspended until persecuted members of parliament and journalists are released. Erdogan should also withdraw his idea to re-introduce the death penalty.

Türkiye ile müzakereler kesilsin diyenler ırkçılar

Turkey on the Agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council.

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the latest developments in Turkey
Brussels, 08/11/2016

1) The EU and its Member States are following the most recent developments in Turkey with grave concern.

2) Renewed considerations to introduce a bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty; continued restrictions on the freedom of expression, including social media, with further closures of media outlets and arrest warrants against journalists, including the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper and several members of its staff; and most recently the arrest of the co-chairs of the country’s second largest opposition party, HDP, as well as the detention of several of its Members of Parliament are extremely worrying developments which weaken the rule of law, the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and compromise parliamentary democracy in Turkey, while exacerbating tensions in the Southeast and further polarising Turkish society in general.

3) The EU and its Member States strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Diyarbakir and express their solidarity with the victims and their families. The EU and its Member States firmly believe that all violence and terrorist attacks must stop and arms must be laid down. The EU and its Member States stand by Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

Actions against PKK, listed by the EU and its Member States as a terrorist organisation, are legitimate, but must be in full respect of the basic principles of democracy, proportionality and respect for human rights.

4) A return to a credible political process and to a genuine political dialogue is essential for the country’s democracy and stability in the region.

5) The EU and its Member States recall that the decision by the Turkish Parliament in May 2016 to permit the lifting of parliamentary immunity of a large number of Members of Parliament is a matter of serious concern. Immunity must apply to all on a non-discriminatory basis and decisions on lifting immunity must be based on the merits of each specific case, according to transparent criteria and not subject to any political considerations.

6) The EU and its Member States recall their condemnation of the 15 July coup attempt and, while recognising the need for Turkey to take proportionate action, 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. 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, within the established framework. [Source.]

ALDE Group-leader Guy Verhofstadt calls on the European Commission to suspend accession talks with Turkey

“Turkey has become an autocratic state since the failed coup attempt. The European Commission should make it crystal clear that Turkey is on the wrong path. All accession talks should be suspended until persecuted members of parliament and journalists are released. Erdogan should also withdraw his idea to re-introduce the death penalty.”

“It is obvious that the European Union cannot accept visa free travelling for Turkish citizens under the current circumstances. Instead of submitting to Erdogan’s blackmail, we should put our own house in order. We need a functioning European asylum and visa regime, not a shady deal with an autocratic leader.”

Guy Verhofstadt, président de l’alliance des démocrates et des libéraux au Parlement européen, exhorte la Commission européenne à suspendre les négociations d’adhésion avec la Turquie

Guy Verhofstadt, président de l’alliance des démocrates et des libéraux au Parlement européen, exhorte la Commission européenne à suspendre les négociations d’adhésion avec la Turquie tant que les neuf députés du Parti démocratique des peuples et le personnel du journal de l’opposition Cumhuriyet ne seront pas libérés et que les propositions de réintroduction de la peine de mort ne seront pas retirées.

“La Turquie est devenue un État autocratique depuis la tentative ratée de coup d’Etat. La Commission européenne devrait signifier clairement que la Turquie est sur la mauvaise voie. Tous les pourparlers d’adhésion doivent être suspendus tant que les parlementaires persécutés et les journalistes ne seront pas libérés. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan devrait également abandonner son intention de réintroduire de la peine de mort”, a déclaré Guy Verhofstadt.

Il a également exhorté la Commission et le Conseil à ne pas céder à la pression de M. Erdogan de suspendre l’accord sur les réfugiés si la Turquie n’obtient pas le régime sans visa pour voyager dans l’UE.

“Il est évident que l’Union européenne ne peut accepter que les citoyens turcs voyagent sans visa dans les circonstances actuelles. Au lieu de nous soumettre au chantage de M. Erdoğan, nous devrions balayer devant notre propre porte. Il faut un régime européen de demande d’asile et de visas qui fonctionne, pas un accord obscur avec un dirigeant autocratique.” [Source.]

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