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Reinfeldt: Turkish demos show need for reforms

Published måndag 3 juni 2013 kl 12.50
Demonstrations in Istanbul, Photo: Scanpix, Montage: Sveriges Radio

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says the current demonstrations in Turkey affirm the need for reforms there.

We will always be in support when there is pressure for increased openness, increased media freedom, and reforms for more freedom,” Reinfeldt tells the TT news agency.

Reinfeldt says that despite everything Turkey has carried out many reforms and has listened to criticism from the outside world in its ambition to join the European Union. Sweden has been a strong supporter of Turkish EU membership, and Reinfeldt says this hasn’t been affected by the recent events.

“The AK party has been strongly supported by the voters, and Prime Minister Erdogan has been re-elected on several occasions,” Reinfeldt says. “At the same time, there is criticism that must be taken seriously. But it is a domestic Turkish affair.”

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