January 25, 2012
Today the PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu. During the meeting the current political situation and struggles in Turkey were discussed. The PES is concerned about the continuing repressions of freedom of speech and assembly in Turkey. This ominous situation has recently escalated with the case against CHP leader Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The PES criticizes the politically motivated actions of the State Prosecutor in this case.
During the meeting, the upcoming PES paper entitled “A Call for a Renewed EU-Turkey Agenda”, was discussed. Following eight years of negotiations the Turkish Accession is still stalled, with no expectations that things will change. The PES is committed to furthering the Accession negotiations with Turkey and urges the EU Commission and EU Member States to ensure that this occurs.
Mr. Cordery stated that “the meeting was very positive. The PES will continue to support Mr. Kilicdaroglu in the struggle for democracy and social justice in Turkey. The PES believes that the EU should have an inclusionary vision and that Turkish membership is the ultimate goal.”