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Turkey deems EU foreign chief's comments 'unacceptable'

Federica Mogherini calls on Turkey to 'safeguard its parliamentary democracy, including the respect for human rights'

08.11.2016
Turkey deems EU foreign chief's comments 'unacceptable'

Ankara

ANKARA

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's statements concerning Turkey were "unacceptable".

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the EU "had lost credibility among Turkish people" concerning the fight against terrorism.

The European Union issued a statement Tuesday, calling on Turkey to "safeguard its parliamentary democracy, including the respect for human rights, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and the right of everyone to a fair trial, also in conformity with its commitments as a candidate country."

The statement issued by Mogherini said the recent events in Turkey were "extremely worrying".

Turkey "should pursue" the PKK as a terrorist group but the arrest of lawmakers from "a legal Kurdish party was polarizing society," the statement said.

"A return to a credible political process and to a genuine political dialogue is essential for the country's democracy and stability in the region," it added.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry, in its statement, responded: "The EU -- which did not give us the support we expected from them after the July 15 coup attempt and adopted a prejudiced attitude -- unfortunately insists on not understanding Turkey's sensitivities regarding the fight against terrorism."

The co-chairs and several other deputies of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been remanded in custody since Friday for failing to answer summons linked to a counter-terrorism investigation before public prosecutors.

The lawmakers face prosecution under anti-terrorism laws after their parliamentary immunity was lifted earlier this year.

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