World Bulletin / News Desk
Helene Flautre, Co-chair of Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), has said that the EU-Turkey JPC had not been cancelled.
Upon news claiming that the meeting was cancelled as EU term president Greek Cypriot administration wanted to attend the meeting too, Flautre released a statement on Wednesday, denying the claims.
Both Turkish and European parliaments very much agree to hold the meeting and also to give new momentum to our interparliamentary relations, she said.
Flautre noted, "it has been brought to my attention that the Turkish press has reported yesterday that the forthcoming 70th EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee meeting, scheduled to take place in the second semester 2012 in Turkey, would be cancelled. This is a factually incorrect information."
She said, "in my recent letter to co-chair Afif Demirkiran, chair of the Turkish parliamentary delegation to the JPC, I have, firstly, proposed a JPC Bureau meeting to take place on 19 October in Turkey, as usual practise before a regular JPC meeting; and secondly, I have suggested that the 70th JPC meeting could be held between December 19 and 21, 2012 in Turkey, instead of the originally scheduled meeting end-October and beginning-November, which will be almost impossible to stick to from a practical point of view."
"I would like to emphasise that the third JPC meeting this year would be a great opportunity to mark the 7th anniversary of the start of accession negotiations as well as 70th meeting of the JPC since its establishment in 1965. Moreover, the holding of this meeting is of great importance to highlight our long lasting and constructive interparliamentary relations, before the end of this year," she said.
We have many things to discuss and both parliaments wish to have a positive input into the accession process of Turkey to the European Union, she added.
Wheelchair-bound Bennur Karaburun told colleagues: 'Let's wear our shrouds'
Istanbul court also orders release of 29 suspects linked to Fuat Avni's Twitter account
Soldiers recall orders to shoot civilians in their court testimonies
Customs and trade minister also says state of emergency enables Turkish government to make quick decisions
More than 2000 institutions affiliated with US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen are closed amid anti-coup probe
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will chair the body
Extremists target police checkpoint in Tunceli province
Ibrahim Kalin says claiming coup was staged the same as claiming 9/11 was orchestrated by US
Thousands of coup suspects to face trial after court appearance
Turkey detains Gulen's nephew after attempted coup, refresh for updates
The detention period to not exceed 30 days during state of emergency, official gazette reveals
EU has consistently criticized Turkey since the coup bid but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit back saying that the EU was prejudiced and their statements contradictory
Istanbul judge Irfan Karagoz was remanded in custody on Friday
Rifles, grenades found by gendarmes near Marmaris hotel
Articles in Western media mischaracterize the state of emergency, ignore FETO's threat to democracy
Erdogan visits parliament for first time since failed overthrow