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Council of Europe drops 'PKK terror' in Turkey resolution
Council of Europe drops 'PKK terror' in Turkey resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decided to continue its post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, and replaced the term “fight against terrorism” with the “struggle between the Turkish state and the PKK,” and "terrorist" with "activist"

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a political resolution on Turkey and decided to continue its post-monitoring dialogue with the country.

During its ongoing spring meetings in Strasbourg, the assembly debated the resolution on Turkey which was prepared by French senator Josette Durrieu.

Durrieu said there had been many reforms in Turkey for the past ten years, and added it was also necessary to wait for the results of local and general elections which would take place in 2014 and 2015.

The parliamentarians recognized that a "process of major reform" is taking place and they also hailed Turkey's "very significant economic achievements" in the context of global crisis, pointing out that it has become a regional power.

The Assembly decided to continue its post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey.

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman Levent Gumrukcu said Turkey's firm determination shall continue on further improving fundamental rights and freedoms, democratization and the workings of justice.

"The resolution contained in the report which was voted by the plenary session of the PACE evaluates the issues covered by the post-monitoring dialogue process, within the framework of the developments made in Turkey in the field of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the comprehensive reforms realized, the new Constitution and judicial reforms. By the resolution, it has been decided that, following the next parliamentary and presidential elections, a report be prepared on the post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey," he said.

Gumrukcu added, "Turkey's firm determination shall continue on further improving fundamental rights and freedoms, democratization and the workings of justice." 

Upon the proposal of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) member Ertugrul Kurkcu, the vote on the draft text replaced the term “fight against terrorism” with the “struggle between the Turkish state and the PKK.”

Following another suggested change by Kurkcu on the resolution, PACE agreed to refer to the PKK members withdrawing from Turkish soil as “activists.” PACE rapporteur on Turkey, French parliamentarian Josette Durrieu said that the term “activist” was adopted due to the lack of common ground regarding the term “terrorist” on the international level.  due to the lack of identification adopted a joint," he said.

Turkish parlementarians were divided on the text and decision of the PACE report. 



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