STRASBOURG (Combined Sources)–In its latest progress report on Turkey, adopted by a large majority of 467 for, 62 against and 61 abstentions, the European Parliament rejected amendmen’s to the report regarding the Armenian Genocide submitted by a group of French Members of the European Parliament.
The MEPs expressed their concern about "the excessive use of force by Turkish police against demonstrators at this year’s May Day parade in Istanbul.
The amendment also said the changes made in the controversial article 301 of Turkish Penal Code were not enough and urged Turkish parliament to revise the article and completely remove other restrictive stipulations.
The report, adopted last month by the European Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed concern about the potential consequences of the recent dissolution case filed against Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Another amendment to the report said the EP expected Turkish Constitutional Court to act in accordance with the Venice Commission guidelines and European standards on the prohibition of political parties.
It also called on the Turkish government to respect pluralism, secularism and democracy while carrying out reforms and to reach a compromise with political parties and urged the political parties to distance themselves from violence and terrorist organizations.