MEPs have passed a resolution expressing their deep concern at recent allegations of high-level corruption in Turkey and stressing that constitutional reform must remain the top priority for its modernisation and democratisation, the European Parliament announced on Wednesday.
In the resolution passed by 475 votes to 153, with 43 abstentions, MEPs welcome the joint declaration by the leaders of the two communities on Cyprus on re-launching the reunification talks and ask Turkey to actively support these negotiations for a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement.
In their assessment of Turkey's 2013 progress report, they also said its negotiations with the EU must continue to provide a clear framework for Turkey's reforms.
The resolution regrets the removal of the prosecutors and police officers in charge of the original high-level corruption investigations, stressing that this goes against the fundamental principle of an independent judiciary. An impartial and independent judiciary is vital to a truly democratic state, MEPs say.