By Michael Hornsby, BerlinThe resolution authored by Ms Ingebjørg Godseken of Norway and Ms Marianne Mikko of Estonia was approved with a vote of 113 to 45 with 12 abstentions. The resolution acknowledged the challenges facing Turkey in the wake of last July’s coup attempt, the on-going civil war in Syria, and terrorist attacks from ISIS, the PKK and other groups. However it goes on to voice concern that “measures have gone far beyond what is necessary and proportionate”, and calls for Turkey to release imprisoned parliamentary politicians and journalists in pre-trial detention, lift the state of emergency as soon as possible, and rein in the purge of government employees. PACE will therefore “reopen the monitoring procedure in respect of Turkey until its concerns are addressed in a satisfactory manner”
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the vote by saying: “We strongly condemn this unjust decision of PACE taken with political motives in contravention to the established procedures.”
“Such a decision leaves no choice to Turkey but to reconsider its relations with PACE.”
Turkey has been a member of the Council of Europe since 1950. Since 2004, PACE and Turkey have been in ‘post-monitoring dialogue’ following a monitoring period that began after the 1980 coup.