European lawmakers are expected to repeat calls for the EU to formally end accession talks with Ankara following yesterdays decision by Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to re-open monitoring procedures.

The Council of Europe voted to open a formal procedure over violation of human rights in Turkey with 113 votes in favour and 45 against the decision.
The Council of Europe voted to open a formal procedure over violation of human rights in Turkey with 113 votes in favour and 45 against the decision.

The European Parliament in Brussels is scheduled to hold a debate on fundamental freedoms, human rights and democracy in Turkey. The debate comes a day after Strasbourg-based Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a human rights body, voted in favour of re-opening monitoring procedures in Turkey.

PACE's decision has drawn criticism from many of Turkey's politicians.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the decision by PACE to put Turkey on a watch list was "entirely political," and Ankara did not recognise the decision.

Erdogan said he was ready to take the question of EU accession to a referendum and that Turkey could not wait indefinitely after 54 years at the door.

TRT World's Hasan Abdullah reports.

 

 

Source: TRTWorld and agencies