EP calls for suspension of membership talks with Turkey

BRUSSELS, The European Parliament Wednesday adopted a resolution recommending that the current EU accession negotiations with Turkey be formally suspended.

In the resolution, adopted by 370 votes against 109, the EP said it remains seriously concerned about Turkey’s poor track record in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption, as well as its all-powerful presidential system.

It welcomed Turkey’s decision, last year, to lift the state of emergency introduced after the failed coup attempt in 2016. However, the EP regrets that many of the powers granted to the President and executive following the coup attempt remain in place, and continue to limit freedom and basic human rights in the country. It expresses great concern about the shrinking space for civil society in the country, as a large number of activists, journalists and human rights defenders are currently in jail.

Source: Kuwait News Agency