Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

22nd September 2006

 

GREEN MEP CALLS TO END ARMS SALES TO TURKEY

Green Euro MP Jean Lambert has today called on the UK Government to immediately end all arms sales to Turkey as an Emergency Motion was passed at the Green Party Autumn Conference in Brighton today.

Jean, who has been awarded for her work on Justice and Human Rights continues to work closely with Kurds both in Turkey and throughout the UK. Speaking after the vote, which saw the emergency motion passed unanimously, Jean said she wanted to see a move to fair and just treatment for all in Turkey and demanded a retrial of the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Jean commented; "The Turkish Government has completely failed to follow up on the promise given to the Kurds by Prime Minister Erdogen in August 2005 where it was stated that more democracy, and not repression, was the answer to their long running grievances.

"Adding further to our concerns has been the Turkish Governments refusal to comply with the Judgment of the European Human Rights which called for a retrial of Abdullah Ocalan following the manifest unfairness of his original trial.

"Everyone has the right to fair and just treatment and whilst the Green Party deplores violent action against civilians, whether by the Turkish authorities or by groups claiming to represent the Kurds, I call on the UK Government to take action. To make real progress however, we need an immediate ceasefire and cessation of military build up on both sides."

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.

Emergency Motion on the Kurdish Situation: Please click here for the full text of the emergency motion which saw Greens call for an immediate cessation of Turkish Government oppression towards Kurdish people.