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EP asks to suspend Turkey accession talks over constitutional reform, support for death penalty

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Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, according to a resolution passed by the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s press service reported on Thursday, July 6, that MEPs have expressed in a resolution that they are concerned about Turkey backsliding in the rule of law, human rights, media freedom, and the fight against corruption.

In addition, MEP’s have condemned the declared support for the reintroduction of the death penalty by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which would put into question Turkey’s membership in the Council of Europe and lead to an immediate end of EU accession talks.

Taking into account the outcome of Turkey’s recent referendum and the expansion of presidential powers, MEP’s called on the EU Commission and the EU national governments «to formally suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey without delay if the constitutional reform package is implemented unchanged.»

European Parliament’s rapporteur Kati Piri stated on Thursday: «This Parliament speaks with one, clear and loud voice in condemning the Turkish government’s serious decline in democratic standards, and continues to support the Turkish population – millions of whom would like to continue to see the EU as an anchor for reforms in their country.»

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