ISTANBUL (Marmara)–During a press conference Thursday–Turkish President Ahmet Necet Sezer told reporters that his expectations were that the European Parliament would seek measures to strengthen ties between his government and Europe–rather than pass a decision which antagonized Turkey.
Sezer added that the Europarliament decision was based on wrong and prejudiced information.
"We hope that the European Union will not continue to make wrong decisions regarding our country’s history and culture," said Sezer during his press conference at Ankara’s airport–upon his return from visits to Qatar and Jordan.
The chairman of the Turkey-Europarliament Council Kudash Eser said that Turkey’s trust in the European Union has been compromised.
“It is very important to deal with this issue in parliament. Such a national issue must definitely be discussed by our grand national assembly. It must be investigated and precautions to be taken must be established,” Virtue Leader Reaci Kutan said in a written statement. He urged other parties to back his bid.
Virtue’s proposal is due to be debated by the assembly in the next few weeks despite a busy schedule–observers say.
The EU motion does not oblige member states to take any action–but that made little difference to Turkish anger over the highly emotive issue.
“Ankara is angry. Europe exasperates us,” said Sabah daily–while Cumhuriyet’s headline labeled the move “an inappropriate resolution from the European Parliament.”
The resolution–part of a series of European Parliament assessmen’s of Turkish progress towards EU membership–also called for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Cyprus–another sensitive issue in NATO-member Turkey.
An editorial in the Turkish Daily News said the vote showed that Europeans were highly skeptical about the prospects of Turkey’s starting membership talks with the bloc.
“It seems those in the European Parliament who do not want Turkey in the EU do not want to leave anything to chance. So they have unleashed a campaign to antagonize Turkey and force it to sever its links with Europe of its own accord,” it said.
Meanwhile–the leader of the True Path party Tansu Ciller–placed the blame on the Turkish government–and urged an special parliamentary session–at which time the government’s inaction regarding such matters would be addressed.
Turkish Labor Party leader said that world leaders no longer question whether a genocide has actually occurred or not–they simply have accepted that as the truth and are urging Turkey to recognize it. For this reason–the Labor Party leader said–Turkey must refrain from its membership bid to the European Union.