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Turkish Foreign Minister and PACE President condemn terrorism, urge easing of tensions

In a telephone conversation today Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Anne Brasseur condemned terrorism and violent extremism and stressed the need to continue combating it. At the same time, they both emphasised the urgent need to ease tensions and maintain political stability in the country, following the recent escalation of violence and terrorist attacks.

“Taking into account the situation in the region and the security threats from international terrorism that Turkey is facing, I fully understand that ensuring the safety of people should be the primary concern,” Ms Brasseur said. “Turkey can count on our support, in particular as long-term security cannot be created at the expense of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

Concerning the Kurdish issue, Ms Brasseur underlined that arms should be put aside and a political solution found. “This is all the more important, given the current political context in Turkey and the coalition negotiations that are under way. I therefore call for restraint and extreme caution, so as not to undermine an inclusive and democratic political process,” Ms Brasseur said after the telephone conversation.