Turkey:'I don't recognize European Parliament', says Erdogan

After EU resolution condeming police brutality in Turkey

17 June, 15:46

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JUNE 17 - Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he does not recognize the European Parliament, Anadolu news agency reported.

    This comes after an EU resolution approved last Thursday condemned police brutality in Turkey and criticized the Turkish government's conduct in dealing with the nationwide protests that have rocked the country for two weeks.

    ''Does the European Parliament have the right to adopt such a decision on Turkey? I do not recognize this European Parliament'', said the embattled premier, who has been negotiating for adhesion to the EU since 2005. ''I do not recognize any decision taken by the European Parliament on Turkey'', Erdogan had said Thursday.

    ''The recent days' events have been a test of our economy and our democracy, and we passed it with flying colors'', he added. Also on Monday, Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said the Gezi Park movement is over and threatened protesters with military repression, Hurriyet online daily reported.

    ''Any ongoing protests are outside the law and will be immediately repressed. Those responsible will be prosecuted'', Hurriyet cited the deputy premier as saying on TV. ''We have the police. If they're not enough, we have the gendarmes. And if they're not enough either, we have the army'', Arinc said.

    (ANSAmed).

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