EP committee asks Turkey to to speed up reforms

A European Parliament committee adopted a report that calls on Turkey to accelerate reforms.

EP committee asks Turkey to to speed up reforms
A European Parliament committee adopted a report that calls on Turkey to accelerate reforms, The New anatolian said.

The report will now be voted by the plenary session of the European Parliament in May.

European Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the report on Turkey by 53 votes to two. Four committee members abstained.

Prior to the voting on the report at the European parliament, Dutch parliamentarian Ria Oomen-Ruijten, who prepared the report, said that Turkey should carry on with reforms for modernization and implementation of the principle of rule of law.

She also said said she tried to be fair and balanced while preparing the report.

The report, adopted by European Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed concern about the potential consequences of the recent closure case filed against Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

Turkey's Constitutional Court should reach its verdict on the issue in accordance with the principle of rule of law and European standards, the report stressed.

It also said that the government should respect the pluralist structure and diversities in the democratic and secular Turkey while carrying out reforms.

Headscarf ban

Pointing to the headscarf ban as well, the report said some part of the Turkish public was concerned and disappointed as the headscarf ban at universities was not lifted within the framework of a wide-scale reform package based on the opinions of the civil society.

Regarding Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code that prohibits insulting "Turkishness", the report said this article should be amended with speed.

The report also condemned PKK's terrorist activities and expressed support for Turkey's fight against terrorism.

Commenting on the Cyprus issue as well, the report expressed the necessity to find a comprehensive solution to the problem on the island.

The report is a non-binding resolution.

Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2008, 16:09
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