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EU Presidency Statement on the indictment filed against AKP

The Presidency of the EU expresses its concern of the indictment filed by the Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor against the Turkish ruling party AKP. The separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary is a fundamental principle of democratic societies that needs to be respected. The Presidency expresses its hope that this issue will be resolved according to the highest democratic standards, respecting the preferences of the Turkish voters expressed at the last parliamentary elections. This issue should not distract attention from the necessary reforms related to the EU accession process.

The Presidency will closely monitor further development of this issue.


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Date: 21.03.2008