Turkey: EU Welcomes Lifting of State of Emergency

On Thursday the European Union welcomed Turkey’s move to lift the state of emergency, imposed after July 15 defeated coup attempt in 2016 in the country.

According to a written statement, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “The end of the state of emergency in place in Turkey since the coup attempt of 2016 is a welcome step.”

She added; “At the same time, we believe the adoption of new legislative proposals granting extraordinary powers to the authorities and retaining several restrictive elements of the state of emergency would dampen any positive effect of its termination.”

Her remarks came after Turkey lifted its two-year-old state of emergency as of Thursday at 01.00 a.m. local time (2200 GMT Wednesday).

Turkish government declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016, following a defeated coup attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

In April, the government renewed the state of emergency for the seventh time.

According to her statement, Mogherini also reaffirmed the EU’s expectations that “Turkey implements the key recommendations of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission and other relevant institutions and to respect the separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary.”

She stated that “We also expect Turkey to follow through and reverse all measures that continue to impact negatively on the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and the fundamental freedoms that are at the core of any democratic state.”

She also noted that “concrete and lasting improvements in the area of rule of law and fundamental freedoms remain essential to the prospects of EU-Turkey relations.”

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