'Banning AK party harmful to Turkey': Danish FM

Moves to ban Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were harmful to Turkey's internal political processes, Danish FM Per Stig Moller said in Ankara on Tuesday.

'Banning AK party harmful to Turkey': Danish FM

Moves to ban Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were harmful to Turkey's internal political processes, and in principle parties should not be banned in democracies, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller said in Ankara on Tuesday.

"In principle you cannot use courts against political parties as political policy," Moller said at a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan.

Moller did not comment directly on the case against the AKP, but did note that in Denmark only parties that have direct links to violence can be banned.

Turkey's chief prosecutor has lodged an indictment against the AKP seeking to have the party banned on the claim that it is a focal point for anti-secular activities.

The indictment also seeks to have Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and 69 other AKP figures, from ministers to local council mayors, banned from politics for five years.

Moller said that he hopes that the case is resolved quickly.

"It is stopping the political process here in your own country, because you have to use all your efforts to find out whether to ban or not to ban," Moller said.

Agencies

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