EU: 'AK Party ban would destabilize Turkey'

EU Parliament's report points out that a ban on the ruling party, which won 47 percent of the vote, would destabilize Turkey and would plunge it into political chaos.

EU: 'AK Party ban would destabilize Turkey'
By Worldbulletin staff

The European Parliament (EP) strongly condemns the decision of the Constitutional Court to accept the petition of the chief prosecutor calling for a ban on the governing AK Party and for a ruling banning the prime minister and the president from engaging in politics, Kuwaiti official news agency reported.

The condemnation is made in a new report on Turkey to be debated by the EP's Committee on Foreign Affairs during its session in Strasbourg Monday evening.

EP also welcomes the commitment of Prime Minister Erdogan that 2008 is going to be the year of reforms, KUNA said.

It points out that a ban on the ruling party, which won 47 percent of the vote, would destabilize Turkey and would plunge it into political chaos, the agency said.

Respect Iraqi's territory

The agency also said the European Parliament will call on Turkey not to engage in any "disproportionate" military operations into Iraq's territory and urge Ankara to respect Iraq's territorial integrity.

The report urges the government of Iraq and the Kurdish regional government of Iraq not to allow Iraqi territory to be used as base for terrorist acts against Turkey and welcomes the communication taking place between the governments of Turkey and Iraq.

The EP's plenary session will debate the report on Turkey in May.
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