Time: 11:48 a.m. CEST
French Le Monde published on Sunday Turkey would not like to make a changes to the anti-terrorism law after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the speech in the district of Eyup in Istanbul on May 6.
“As Turkey is under attack by terrorist organizations and structures that support the European Union requests to amend the law on terrorism. The visas will be abolished,” Erdogan said in Istanbul, referring to the realization of the Turkey-EU agreement on the refugees and migrants from March 18. Ankara received financial assistance of 6 billion euros and should get the acceleration of the liberalization of visas for Turkish residents in the Schengen area.
As Le Monde explains, the European Commission approved the measure, but requested that Ankara fulfills at least five of 72 required criteria, including the redefinition of the anti-terrorism law “as too vague,” and reducing of its scope.
But, Le Monde publishes the statement of the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir, who was quoted by the pro-government Daily Sabah; Turkey has two fronts, one against the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in the southeast and against the Islamic State group on its southern flank and “can not afford” changes in its definition of terrorism.
On March 14, after the deadly bombing attack in Ankara with 37 killed, Erdogan said, “terrorists are not only those who pull the trigger, but also those who make such acts possible. With the current situation and the law, 49 of the 59 members of the ruling People’s Democratic are reportedly in support of the PKK, could face lifting up of their immunity. As Le Monde explains, this could affect 116 of the 550 members of the Parliament.
- Daily Sabah explores the EU requirements to Turkey for changes into anti-terrorism law for visa liberalization.