25.02.2000 - 00:00 |
recent developments. The EU showed reaction even to Austria, in a visit to
Luxemburg Foreign Minister Lydie Polfer stated that the respect to
human rights is one of the basic things that the European Union requires and
said, "Our sensitivity on the basic principles of the EU is valid not only
for Turkey. We reacted even to Austria."
Answering Milliyet's question, Polfer, who was in Ankara for an official
visit, said he came to Turkey no to give lessons but to understand her
They don't know why HADEP mayors have been arrested said Poffer. He
discussed the issue both by the Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the Foreign
Minister Ismail Cem, but they didn't either informed him about the reason of
the arrests, he added.
Stressing that he is worried about these recent developments Polfer said,
"According to the newspapers they were arrested because they participated in
some meetings abraod. It is not possible for us to understand such a reason.
There may be some other reasons. But if they were arrested just because of
speaking their thoughts, this certainly would not comply with the Copenhagen
criteria of the Union. We should not forget that Turkey wanted to comply
with these criteria."
"We understand that Turkey should be given time. But talking about
fundemental rights or rights of minority doesn't mean a harm to territorial
union. We believe that Turkey can find a way to meet the some simple and
fundemental demands like speaking their own language. We are also aware that
the formula should be supported by the majority of people as well," Polfer