The European Parliament passed a resolution on the 13th, calling on the European Union to formally suspend negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU. Turkey condemns this resolution and vows not to abandon its accession.
On the same day, the European Parliament voted 370 votes in favor, 109 votes against, and 143 abstentions. Through this non-legally binding resolution, it proposed to freeze the Turkish accession negotiations on the grounds that Turkey has violated human rights and the rule of law. The governments of the member states of the European Union finally decided.
According to Dexin News, this resolution is intended to remind the Turkish government of the concerns of the EU since Turkey’s military coup in 2016.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on the same day that the European Parliament’s adoption of this resolution coincides with the “combination of relations between Turkey and the EU”. “This decision is meaningless to us.”
Although the content of the resolution was “contradictory and prejudicial”, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs worded it slowly, emphasizing that joining the EU is still the strategic goal of the Turkish side.
Turkey applied to join the European Community, the predecessor of the European Union in 1987. In 1999, it was qualified as a candidate. In 2005, the accession negotiations were initiated, but the negotiation process was hampered.
Members of the European Parliament acknowledge that the EU depends on Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies on the southeastern side of the European continent. In addition, the EU is counting on Turkey to block illegal immigrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries from entering Europe in accordance with the agreement reached by the two sides in 2016.
The resolution recognizes Turkey’s “important role” in dealing with the illegal immigration crisis and calls it “friendly” to receive more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees.