(Video) Situația din Turcia, în special în ceea ce privește referendumul constituțional
Victor Boştinaru (S&D). – Madam President, the referendum is a significant turning point in modern Turkish political history since Atatürk. This so called reform and the latest developments in Turkey are downgrading all the many important steps that this country has taken in its modernisation and democratisation process, steps that have contributed to making Turkey stronger, more prosperous, and a highly valuable partner of the Euro-Atlantic family.
The months of campaigning before this vote cannot be considered as free or fair, and the Opposition and international observers have pointed out irregularities in the vote itself, which have to be investigated. The outcome of the referendum can only deepen divisions within Turkish society. As I said, I have concerns about the path Turkey is taking today, and I have – and I will – express them without hesitation every single time this is necessary, but the way forward is in the hands of the Turkish people. Europe has made errors with regard to Turkey, and these earlier strategic mistakes have to be acknowledged. There are those in this House who are taking advantage of the errors being made by Erdogan today to give them a good reason to stop the process. This should be recognised. There was high cynicism in this room. But I will just say that, whatever partnership relations we design in the future, we have to consider the strategical nature of our relations. I am referring to security, regional stability, the fight against terrorism, and, most of all, maintaining a mutually beneficial dialogue with Turkey in the future.