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Representatives of NGOs and universities discuss Turkey’s EU process April 24, 2011

Posted by Yilan in EU, Turkey.
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Officials from more than 100 NGOs and universities launched an initiative called “Civil Society Platform for Turkey’s EU Adhesion Process”

Representatives of several Turkish non-governmental organizations and universities met Friday in Istanbul to discuss Turkey’s European Union (EU) negotiation process.

Officials from more than 100 NGOs and universities, who gathered thanks to the efforts of Economic Development Foundation (IKV) and Turkey Europe Foundation (TAV), launched an initiative called “Civil Society Platform for Turkey’s EU Adhesion Process” during today’s meeting.

A joint declaration released after the gathering said that Turkey’s EU negotiation process had recently come to a deadlock.

“We are concerned about the probable consequences of such course. We have gathered today to share our concerns with our government, political parties, public, EU institutions, governments of members countries and the public opinion in Europe,” participants said in the declaration.

Describing EU membership as an indispensable goal for Turkey, the statement said membership to the union meant sustainable development, high democratic standards, security of law, individual freedoms, gender equality and a prosperous society for the country.

Calling on the Turkish government and political parties to display more efforts for full membership, the platform said, “therefore, we hope that the upcoming general elections will be a whole new beginning for Turkey. We call upon the political will that will come to power in June to revive the reform process with a non-partisan understanding”.

The platform also called on the EU leaders and institutions to fulfill their legal responsibilities in Turkey’s membership process and to review their stances on the matter in line with the principle of pacta sunt servanda.

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