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Luxembourg says Turkey should improve human rights
2005-03-09 16:34:27

by Nicos Bellos

Brussels, Mar 9 (CNA) - Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Jean Asselborn, whose country is presiding over the European Union, has told German radio station ''Deutschlandfunk'' that Turkey should do more on the issue of human rights, adding that the violence in Constantinople (Istanbul) on Sunday against women was not the proper picture of Turkey in the 21st century.

Asselborn said Turkey has made progress on human rights over the past three years but on Sunday proved that these efforts were not enough.

He expressed the view that last Sunday's picture was not that of a Turkey in the 21st century but of a Turkey where many atrocities take place.

Asselborn was in Ankara on Sunday, heading the Troika's delegation, which comprised Finnish Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn and British Minister for European Affairs Dennis MacShane, whose country will be taking over the EU presidency in July.

During the women's rally in Constantinople (Istanbul) to mark International Women's Day, the Turkish police exerted violence against the women.

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