US: Turkey should advance political freedoms for all citizens

U.S. State Department Spokesman Kelly said dissolution of the Democratic Society Party was Turkey's internal business.

US: Turkey should advance political freedoms for all citizens

U.S. State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said dissolution of the Democratic Society Party (DTP) was Turkey's internal business.

Commenting on the decision of Turkey's top court at a press briefing in Washington, D.C. Friday, Kelly said Turkey should exercise measures limiting political freedoms with extreme caution.

"However, we believe that Turkey's democratic system should continue to advance political freedoms for all its citizens. Measures that limit or restrain these freedoms should be exercised with extreme caution," said Kelly.

"We encourage the Government of Turkey to continue its efforts to ensure that all Turkish citizens fully exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. We encourage all political actors in Turkey to pursue reconciliation, reflect democratic values, and refrain from the use or encouragement of violence," added Kelly.

The EU promptly issued a statement of concern, having warned that banning the Democratic Society Party (DTP) would violate Kurdish rights and could set back the government's drive to end decades of conflict with militant Kurdish separatists.

The ruling bans 37 members of the DTP from politics for five years. The DTP is the only Kurdish party in parliament, and controls about 100 municipalities in the southeast.



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