Turkey's top diplomat on Wednesday said they did not plan to appeal a top European court ruling against Turkey in a case on a slain Turkish-Armenian journalist.
"We are not planning to appeal the ruling to the Grand Chamber and we are ready to conduct a meticulous work on the elements of the ruling," Ahmet Davutoglu told a state-run news channel.
Davutoglu was referring to Tuesday's ruling of a chamber of the European Court of Human Rights which convicted Turkey of breaching several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case on the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
The Strasbourg-based court ruled in favour of a petition from the family of Dink, who was killed in 2007 by three bullets to the head outside the offices of his weekly Agos in Istanbul.
ECHR said "Turkey failed in its obligation to protect the life of Hrant Dink and to conduct an effective investigation aimed at determining the responsibility of Turkish state agents."
The top European court ruled that Turkey had violated Articles 2, 10, 13 of the Convention, relating to right to life, right to an effective remedy and the freedom of expression.
The court fined Turkey to pay 133 thousand Euro to the Dink family.
"We have repeatedly expressed how sorry we are by the killing of Dink. I wish he were here today on his birthday and see that just three days ago an overwhelming proportion of the Turkish people approved a constitutional reform that is based on human rights," Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said that it was the Turkish government's obligation to do "whatever is needed about the setbacks in protecting the life of Hrant Dink."
AALast Mod: 15 Eylül 2010, 18:14