Turkey Slams EP Resolution on Protests Crackdown

World | June 13, 2013, Thursday // 18:45
Bulgaria: Turkey Slams EP Resolution on Protests Crackdown Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Photo by BGNES

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reacted strongly to a European Parliament resolution that expressed concern over the brutal crackdown on protests in the country.

In a resolution voted on June 13, MEPs denounced the harsh measures used in the peaceful demonstrations in Turkey. They also said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should play a unifying and conciliating role.

However, Davutoglu has called the resolution "unacceptable.

"Turkey does not need to learn any lessons from any country," he told reporters in Ankara.
"Once theEuropean Parliament notifies Turkey about their resolution on the country, Turkey would send it back immediately," Davutoglu said, as cited by Anadolu Agency.
Erdogan also rejected the resolution.

"I do not recognise any decision made by the EU Parliament," he said. "Turkey is not an EU member."

On Thursday, Erdogan warned anti-government protesters that he was losing patience with their occupation of an Istanbul square and ordered them to clear out.

“Our patience is coming to an end,” Erdogan said. “I am warning for the last time.”

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