15:03 Nov. 24, 2016
Until Ankara 'halts repression'
The European Parliament has voted in favor of a non-binding resolution, calling on the EU Commission and national governments to freeze the talks on Turkey's European Union membership.
This is according to the official website of the European Parliament. The resolution was approved by 479 votes to 37, with 107 abstentions.
‘MEPs strongly condemn the "disproportionate repressive measures" taken by the Turkish government since the failed coup attempt in July 2016. These "violate basic rights and freedoms protected by the Turkish Constitution" itself', the European lawmakers say.
The EU Parliament adds that Turkey is an important partner of the Union, but Ankara's actions are ‘further diverting the country from its European path'.
'A temporary halt of the negotiations would entail that no new negotiating chapters be opened and no new initiatives be taken in relation to Turkey's EU Negotiation Framework', the lawmakers say, adding that 'Turkey should nonetheless remain 'anchored' to the EU'.
A day earlier Turkish President Erdogan said that the EU Parliament's vote ‘has no value in his eyes', whatever the result.
‘We have made clear time and time again that we take care of European values more than many EU countries, but we could not see concrete support from Western friends ... None of the promises were kept', Erdogan said.