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Special EU newsletter

30 October 2006
Special EU newsletter quotations


“I find it rather shocking… that because you write a letter to me, you are being accused of violating the law… It is shocking that it can take place in a country which is seeking EU membership.”
Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen, on the arrest of 56 Kurdish mayors in Turkey for writing to the Danish PM to request that a Danish-based Kurdish TV station is not closed. The mayors face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty 

“I call for the suspension of opening of new chapters with Turkey while it has not ratified and clearly has not implemented the Ankara protocol.”
French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, September 2006

“An EU delegation on a fact-finding mission to Turkey has reported a “worrying” increase in allegations of torture and abuse in the country… they said they had heard reports of a resurgence of torture, abductions and beatings by security forces. ‘These are very, very worrying times in Turkey indeed… the impression is that the situation is going backwards.’” 
BBC News online, quoting European Parliament human rights committee members who conducted a fact-finding mission to Turkey, September 2006

Turkey’s refusal to implement the Ankara protocol “will have serious implications for the EU negotiating process and could lead to its stopping.” 
Camiel Eurlings, EU Parliament rapporteur on Turkey, September 2006

“Turkey should open its ports to vessels under flag of all Member States, including the Republic of Cyprus.”
Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Enlargement, 26 September 2006

“I can only say Turkey has to open its ports for ships from Cyprus: this is a must. It is a necessity.”
German MEP Hans Gert Poettering, September 2006