EU – Statement of Commissioner Hahn on recent events in Turkey

Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, spoke to Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkir. He acknowledged the commitment of the Turkish authorities to stepping up the fight against ISIL and re-affirmed the EU’s strong support for these efforts.

At the same time, the Commissioner expressed the EU’s deep concern about recent developments which have a negative impact on the Kurdish-Turkish settlement process and endanger the democratic political dialogue in the country.

“We count on Turkey to live up to its important and strategic role for the whole region, by refraining from any action that could further destabilise the region.”

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