Turkey is a multi-party democracy with an elected government. The Turkish people exercised their legitimate right to protest in recent months and, as a Candidate Country for EU membership, the Turkish government is aware of the importance of respecting the right to peaceful protest and all fundamental freedoms.
We and our EU partners are following events in Turkey very closely and were concerned about the violent incidents that occurred during the protests.
We are clear however that the EU accession process has enabled Turkey to move forward with their reform agenda, which has helped to strengthen political stability and economic development in the country over the past decade. We remain fully supportive of that continuing process, which remains the most effective mechanism for encouraging Turkey to ensure that they continue to make progress in accordance with EU standards.