'Closure case 'a very bad thing' for Turkey'

The co-chairman of a Turkey-EU joint committee expressed concern on Tuesday over the outcome of the closure case against the ruling party in Turkey. eu

'Closure case 'a very bad thing' for Turkey'
Joost Lagendijk, the co-chair of Turkey-EU Joint Parliament Committee, qualified the closure case against Justice & Development (AK) Party as "a very bad thing" for Turkey.

"I was not surprised to hear that AK Party indictment was accepted," he told reporters after a conference in Istanbul on Turkey's EU accession process.

It would be bad for Turkey because opponents in Europe would be pleased with the ongoing legal process in Turkey, and because Turkey would not do anything for EU membership process in coming months, Lagendijk said.

"It seems that also this year would be a wasted year for the EU process as last year," he told.

Lagendijk said AK Party should not lose Europe's support, and suggested the government to make new reforms if it wanted to show its commitment to the EU membership bid.

The co-chairman said it would be wise for the ruling party to maintain its reforms and show that it wanted to make Turkey European if it wanted to stand on its feet in political sense.

Lagendijk said he thought Turkey needed a large-scale constitutional reform which both made closure of political parties more difficult and regulated minority rights.

The Constitutional Court decided Monday to examine an indictment on closure of the ruling AK Party.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2008, 18:00
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