Baykal vows freedom in Europe despite pro-ban policy in Turkey

Turkish opposition leader's visit comes after PM Tayyip Erdogan's message that "opposition is totally against European membership".

Baykal vows freedom in Europe despite pro-ban policy in Turkey
Leader of Turkey's main opposition party expressed support for better individual rights and freedoms in Turkey, saying that they would stand for any "serious project" that would serve for what he called as "real democratization."

Turkish opposition leader started EU visit that aims to change the negative image in European officials.

His visit comes after PM Tayyip Erdogan's message that "opposition is totally against European membership".

"We are determined not to stay behind any country regarding individual rights and freedoms. We are ready to fully adopt European standards of democracy and human rights. But my party will not make contribution to attempts to transform these individual rights and freedoms into the rights and freedoms of a particular community," said Deniz Baykal, chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), at a press conference in Brussels.

CHP, known as one of the most pro-ban figures, angered most of the Turkish people when it prevented the freedom of wearing headscarf in universities by applying to top court to annul the parliament's amendment which would give limited freedom to Islamic wearing of girls.

Opposition party made "chador opening" just before the local elections by accepting women wearing headscarf and chador to the party membership.

Baykal rejected claims that the CHP was against Turkey's accession with the European Union: "Anti-EU sentiments could be linked to anything but our party.

The Turkish opposition leader also expressed support for ongoing peace talks between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders to reunify the divided island.

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