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Statement by Minister Flanagan on developments in Turkey

Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Europe, 2016

Statement by Minister Flanagan on developments in Turkey


Following the bombing in south –eastern Turkey and also the arrest of members of the Turkish Parliament this morning, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD has expressed his serious concern.

The Minister said: 


"I condemn the bombing outside a police station in south-eastern Turkey earlier today, which killed a number of people and injured many more. I extend my condolences to those who have been bereaved and my thoughts are with all affected by this attack.


“I am also seriously concerned at the arrest of the two co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish HDP and other members of parliament and the further media crack down.  Notwithstanding the sensitive security situation in Turkey following the attempted coup last July, it is vital that the rule of law, freedom of expression and democracy should prevail. All sides should cease hostilities and return to dialogue so that the political process to resolve the Kurdish issue is resumed. “



04 November 2016