Statement by Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn on the arrest of co-mayors of Diyarbakir, Turkey

Bruxelles, 26/10/2016
Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the arrest of co-mayors of Diyarbakir, Turkey

We have seen very worrying reports of the arrests of the democratically elected co-mayors of Diyarbakir, in south east Turkey, Ms. Gültan Kışanak and Mr. Firat Anli.
Over the last 15 months, violence never stopped in the south east of Turkey. The EU fully recognises the grave threat posed to Turkish security by the PKK, which is also listed as a terrorist organisation in the EU. At the same time, it is always essential that all steps are taken in full respect of the rule of law, due process and fundamental freedoms – all commitments Turkey has made as a candidate country.

The EU reiterates its call for a political solution: Arms must be laid down and a process of internal political dialogue should start as a matter of priority, involving the elected representatives of the affected population. A political solution is the only viable option.

from News

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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