US Opposes Closure Of Turkish Political Party

A senior US official made known the State Department view regarding the case now being considered by the Turkish Constitutional Court which might result in closing down the Justice and Development Party(AKP) on grounds it is fostering the Muslim religion. Matthew Bryza, told Reuters, “I don’t think anyone in Turkey favors party closures…Closing down the AK Party will not have favorable consequences for Turkey.” He emphasized that Turkey has to adopt European Union standards if it wishes to become a member of that organization. “What we are observing nowadays in Turkey,” he said, “is an effort to secure the balance of democracy, secularism, rule of law, and justice. These are four significant principles on which the Turkish Constitution is based.”

Meanwhile, Joost Lagendijk, a member of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, said the EU would be concerned if there was a closure because such action “is not compatible with EU norms.

The Turkish Constitutional Court has to be aware of the impact of closure on the future of their nation. At the same time, it is important for the AKP to function in a manner that is more cooperative and concerned with the anxieties of those who fear the end of secularism.