Message by Egemen Bağış, Minister For EU Affairs And Chief
Message by Egemen Bağış, Minister For EU Affairs And Chief Negotiator on the
STATEMENT ON THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS BY
MINISTER FOR EU AFFAIRS AND CHIEF NEGOTIATOR
In recent days, we have been seeing that some European parliamentarians and officials are
irresponsibly making very bold and irrational speeches. The broadcasts of the media in
Western countries are also in the same vein. However, we consider the positive and
constructive statements of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for
Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle calling for greater commitment to
Turkey’s EU membership and the opening of Chapters 23 and 24. We appreciate our friends
in Europe who maintain their reasonable stance.
However, the eagerness of some members of the European Parliament to make absurd
statements merely for media attention is obvious. We respect the freedom to make these
kinds of statements. We hope that they regain their reason as soon as possible. Above all,
the use of the platform of the European Parliament to express the eclipse of reason through
disproportionate, unbalanced and illogical statements would damage its credibility. Rather
than allowing this, it would be wiser for the EU officials to put an end to it.
Certain members of European Parliament need to understand that making such bold and
irresponsible comments on Turkey’s internal affairs would have some costs. They should not
become venues for national and international machinations and be deceived by manipulation
and slander. They need not concern themselves over the situation as a result of their
misjudgements. Turkey is not a banana republic. It is a democratic and secular state
governed by the rule of law. Turkey is well aware of how to govern itself within its state
tradition. I hope that those who have become carried away by this transient situation have
calculated the cost of targeting not only our government, but also the Republic of Turkey.
No one should exceed their limits by accusing the Republic of Turkey of using violence. Such
allegations by European politicians and especially by countries whose own records are
tarnished in this respect are unacceptable. There is no State violence in Turkey. There is the
disallowance of a disregard for law and order by those taking cover behind demonstrators
motivated by environmental concerns. We know the national and international players in this
plot. We have launched an investigation on the security forces that have used
disproportionate force. As the government, we have sought a way to solve even this problem
by a mechanism which would strengthen our democracy. We have stated that we could hold
a plebiscite on the project of reconstruction of the military barracks which have been the
subject of the demonstrations. These are above all the manifestation of our confidence in
democracy and will of our people.
Turkey has the most reformist and strongest government in Europe and the most charismatic
and strongest leader in the world. Should anyone have a problem with this, then I am truly
sorry. Only for those who feel overwhelmed, the leadership of Prime Minister Erdoğan is a
The EU remains silent about those who have transformed the m o s t peaceful of
demonstrations in European countries into spirals of violence and yet goes on to misrepresent
and misjudge the justified intervention of our security forces against vandalism. Similarly, the
EU is unable to speak up while hundreds of people are massacred in Syria. In which EU we
are expected to believe then?
The players taking part in this plot should not raise their hopes in vain. We will not allow
either the interest lobby or the international networks to attack the integrity of the Prime
Minister. Nobody is that strong. The Turkish people will not allow this.
In any case, some things pass, others remain. The demonstrations will eventually be over.
How will those who have taken part in this deleterious campaign and affronted the integrity of
the Turkish people face us then? No matter how hard the wind blows, it is only dust that it will
remove from the rock. There is nothing we can do for those who are swept away by the flood
or blown away by the wind.
It is nonsense that some European parliamentarians and officials believe that suspending
Turkey’s EU accession process would be a threat for Turkey. Suspending Turkey’s EU
accession process is in fact a threat not for Turkey, but for the EU.
Despite all, we will continue our commitment to the reform process for EU membership. As a
demonstration of our commitment, we are planning to hold the Reform Monitoring Group
meeting, to be hosted by the Ministry for European Union Affairs, on 15 June 2013, with the
participation of Mr. Sadullah Ergin, Minister of Justice, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Mr. Muammer Güler, Minister of Interior.
It is the best option for everyone that Turkey-EU relations progresses on its own course and
on the necessary basis. Since we are in favour of this option, we will maintain our
commitment to the reform process to the very end.
Within this framework, we warn that to adopt a stance which obstructs some of the positive
developments recently planned may lead Turkey-EU relations to an irreversible point.
Last updated: 2013-06-17 09:55:14