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May 30, 2019 10:38 am

Erdogan: Turkey Still Committed to EU Membership Despite Bloc’s Failed Promises

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Maxim Shipenkov / Pool via Reuters / File.

Turkey maintains its commitment to a full European Union membership even though the bloc has not kept its promises, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, a day after an EU report criticized Ankara on its judiciary and economic state.

Announcing a number of judiciary reforms in Ankara, Erdogan said they would effectively ban only “problematic” sections of websites instead of imposing a full access ban.

Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since 2017 over a law that allows authorities to ban access to websites deemed a threat to national security.

Erdogan also said Turkey remained committed to its “zero tolerance” policy on torture — two days after an Ankara lawyers’ group said five Foreign Ministry personnel reported they had been tortured and mistreated in custody.

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