Press release - 562(2008)
Judgment by the Turkish Constitutional Court concerning the AKP Party
Statement by Carl Bildt, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Strasbourg, 30.07.2008 - "As Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe I note with great satisfaction the decision taken by the Constitutional Court in not banning the ruling AKP.
The decision opens up for further reforms, ensuring Turkey's further progress in line with European norms of democratic governance, human rights and the rule of law. The Council of Europe stands ready to assist in this process.
I also invite the Turkish authorities to make use of the Council of Europe's expertise."
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