EP committee to vote on draft Turkey progress report 2009

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a voting Wednesday on a draft motion for a resolution on Turkey's progress report 2009.

EP committee to vote on draft Turkey progress report 2009

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a voting Wednesday on a draft motion for a resolution on Turkey's progress report 2009.

The draft report, prepared by EP rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten, says the parliament "is concerned about the alleged magnitude of the Ergenekon criminal network", adding that "Turkey has to approach this case as an opportunity to strengthen confidence in the proper functioning of its democratic institutions and the rule of law."

It draws attention to the crucial importance of a comprehensive and substantive reform of the constitution, and welcomes judiciary reform strategy. It encourages Turkey to come up with reform proposals in judiciary respecting European standards.

It welcomes the broad public debate on a range of traditionally sensitive issues such as the role of the judiciary, the rights of citizens of Kurdish origin, the rights of the Alevi community, the role of the military and Turkey's relations with its neighbours; and commends the Turkish Government for its constructive approach and its role in initiating that debate.

It says the parliament is concerned by the continuing involvement of the military in Turkish politics and foreign policy, and reiterates that in a democratic society the military must be fully subject to civilian oversight.

It welcomes the initiatives taken by the Turkish government to bring Turkish citizens together and enable every citizen, irrespective of origin or religion, to enjoy equal rights and play an active role in Turkish society.

Oomen-Ruijten's report condemns the continuing violence perpetrated by the PKK and other militant groups on Turkish soil, and urges the PKK to respond to the political initiative of the Turkish government by laying down its arms and putting an end to violence.

The report underlines concern about restrictions on press freedom, particularly following the imposition of an "unprecedented fine on a media group", as well as regarding frequent website bans; and it recommends that, in light of the unhealthy links between media and business interests, a new media law be adopted.

The report calls on the Turkish government actively to support the ongoing negotiations, and to contribute in concrete terms to the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation, in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the principles on which the EU is founded. It also calls on Turkey to facilitate a suitable climate for negotiations by withdrawing its forces.


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