Genocide Issue Left Out of EU Report

BRUSSELS (Anatolian News Agency)–The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs Tuesday refused to include deman’s for Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide to the Turkey report and a resolution prepared by the French Parliamentarian Phippe Morillon.

Below are some of the statemen’s included in the report–which also touches on the Turkish treatment of the Armenian community there.

“A confident atmosphere should be created between the EU and Turkey. Turkey should be provided to perceive the EU as a community sharing the same values–not a Christian club.“

“Ankara’s attitude in approving the punishment given to former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan is not appropriate to pluralist democracy.“

“European Parliament accepts Turkey’s geostrategic importance–however–geopolitics and strategic evaluations can not have priority in full membership negotiations.“

“We are aware of the role Turkey plays within the framework of NATO–and we are pleased over its willingness to take part in European joint defense policy. We want the EU Council to consider this wish of Ankara.“

“We condemn interventions of Turkish planes on Iraq.“

“We are pleased over the works of the Turkish-EU Association Council–and its positive results.“

“We hail reforms of the State Security Court.“

“We note the decisions to lift state of emergency in Siirt and Van provinces–and we want Turkish government to lift the state of emergency in other provinces of the Southeast soon.“

“We express our concerns over the projects which will sack the civil servants due to ideological and religious reasons“

“We support the democratization efforts of Turkish government on legal reforms–independence of justice–freedom of thought–minority rights–and the role of army on politics.“

“We want abolishment of capital punishment.“

“We invite the Turkish Government and the Great Turkish National Assembly to add fresh support to the Armenian minority as an important part of Turkish society–due to their tragic past before the establishment of the modern state of Turkey.“

“We expect the Turkish Government to direct its policy to improve human rights and within this framework–to find a political solution for Kurdish origin people–respecting to the territorial integrity of Turkey.“

“We want the Turkish Government to contribute to the consultations without precondition to find a just and lasting solution to Cyprus question.“

“We invite the Turkish Government to improve its relations with all the neighbors in the Caucasus–as it proposed.“

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