Naive, naive, naive. Yes, what Erdogan is doing right now is awful and I absolutely do not support it. But sometimes, just sometimes you have to put pragmatism ahead of ideology. Turkey still has comittments as a NATO member and could in the right circumstances be a crucial ally to the west. All this will do is further the determination of Erdogan and his supporters to crush the notion of Turkey as a liberal, secular, democratic state by giving them the ammunition to spread the belief that they will never really be seen as one of us or have their opinions respected, playing right into his hands and risking the possibility of them building relations instead with our enemies. We must offer the Turkish people respect and the hand of friendship, and encourage them to peacefully choose an alternative at the ballot box rather than treat the nation as petulant, disobidient children.
As the Shadow Secretary of State, I implore that the Government engage in talks in an attempt to solidify the position of the Erdogan.
The rights of the people should be assured and the HR abuses should not be tolerated.
I only imagine sanctions will increase Erdogan's wrath, and to speed up what it is he is trying to do.
Abstain (is what I would vote if this were an SoI). There are positive and negative points which loosely balance each other out IMO.
Do we extradite anyone to Turkey? Surely that should be suspended for the time being?*
Let me outline what this statement does:
- Completely and utterly criticises Erdogan's regime
- Outlines the fact that we wish to go to use the UN to impose sanctions on Turkey
That is all.