Posted by Turkse Media
Jul 06, 2017
EU report on accession talks ‘null and void’
Turkish prime minister slams report calling on EU member states to suspend Turkey’s accession talks
The Turkish prime minister said Thursday that a report calling on EU member states to suspend Turkey’s accession talks was “null and void”.
Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that Turkey cared about the decisions made by EU leaders not about those made by the members of the EU parliament.
“What we care about is the opinions of the leaders of the European Union, opinions of the European Union’s top administration,” Yildirim said.
He added that Turkey was still determined to be a member of the “EU family”. However, he insisted that Ankara had alternatives, saying joining the bloc was not the country’s sole option.
EU lawmakers on Thursday approved a 2016 Commission Report on Turkey, voting 477 to 64 in favor, which is calling on EU member states to suspend Turkey’s accession talks if constitutional changes endorsed in an April 16 referendum go ahead.
Almost 100 lawmakers abstained in the vote, which is non-binding.
Among other things, the report calls on member states to “formally suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey without delay if the constitutional reform package is implemented unchanged”.
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