Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Meeting fugitive lawmakers 'beneficial': EU Commission

The EU Commission claimed Wednesday that Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn's meeting with fugitive Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies would “benefit” Turkish-EU relations.

"The EU Commission meets all democratically elected political powers in Turkey. This is helpful and beneficial for EU-Turkey relations and the stable political climate in the country,” EU Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told Anadolu Agency.

Asked by Anadolu Agency if the PKK’s activities throughout Europe contradict the EU recognizing the group as a terrorist organization, Kocijancic said:

"The EU added the PKK to its terrorist organizations list and took this decision with the consensus of 28 members. We regularly condemn violence and PKK attacks. You can see it in our numerous statements".

On Tuesday Hahn met fugitive HDP Deputy Faysal Sariyildiz as well as Eyup Doru, the Turkish party's representative in Europe.

Sariyildiz is one of 15 HDP deputies for whom arrest warrants on terror-related charges were issued earlier this month, and there is a red notice out for Doru’s capture.


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