Turkey: double standards in place, no surprise on EU decision
Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 25
By Atilla Caner – Trend:
Ankara expected a European Parliament resolution to suspend negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU and this indicates double standards against Ankara, the Turkish presidential administration told Trend.
It was also noted that Turkey had repeatedly stated that this decision had no legal force for Ankara.
"The European Parliament had to enhance the EU-Ankara dialogue instead of blocking Turkey's path to EU membership. Turkey has always been committed to democratic values," the message said.
The European Parliament approved an advisory resolution to suspend negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU Nov. 25.
The document calls to freeze talks on Turkey's EU membership in light of the situation that occurred in the country after the 15 July military coup attempt, and the terms of the state of emergency in the country.
The resolution states that Turkey must abolish the state of emergency for resumption of negotiations.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said the voting in the European Parliament would be of no importance to Turkey, regardless of the outcome.
Turkey began its EU accession talks in 2005. In 1963, Turkey and the European Economic Community (the EU's former name) signed an association agreement.