Mogherini : Turkey must respect the highest standards when it comes to democracy, rule of law, respect for fundamental freedoms

Brussels, 30/06/2016
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Press Release

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, met with the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik today in Brussels.
She expressed again the European Union’s most sincere condolences for the tragic attack at the Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, which claimed the lives of 42 people and injured 239 others. Condemning all attacks of terrorist violence, the EU is committed to working with Turkey to fight the global threat of terrorism.
The meeting today took place just after the Inter-Governmental Conference on the Opening of Chapter 33. Welcoming this progress, the High Representative highlighted that as a candidate country, Turkey must respect the highest standards when it comes to democracy, rule of law, respect for fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression and of the media. These are the core values of the European Union that all candidate countries need to promote and defend.
The High Representative and the Minister also touched upon the crucial importance of Cyprus settlement talks, as well as the challenges linked to Visa Liberalisation and migration and the situation in the region. Federica Mogherini highlighted the importance of the agreement between Israel and Turkey.
The High Representative also reiterated the need for a genuine internal political dialogue in the framework of the Kurdish settlement process, while stressing that the EU recognises the PKK as a terrorist organisation and that the Member States have taken robust action against the group in Europe.
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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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