Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik met with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland at a working luncheon in Strasbourg on May 11, 2017.
EU Minister Ömer Çelik and Secretary General Jagland held a joint press conference after the meeting and answered the questions of media members.
During the press conference, Minister Ömer Çelik said "The Council of Europe is our home, we are the host here, not a guest," recalling that Turkey was a founding member of the Council.
EU Minister Ömer Çelik stated that Turkey stuck to its commitments on freedoms in line with European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and was committed to observing the ECHR, to which it is a party, as it continued to fight terrorism. Minister Ömer Çelik noted that Turkey’s anti-terror fight not only ensures Turkey's security, but also the security of Europe. "Turkey is presenting a rare model in which the ECHR is in force and freedoms are not lifted as it continues to fight against terrorism. We expect everyone to appreciate it," he said.
Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik added that he conveyed Turkey's discomfort to Jagland over the decision of the Council’s parliamentary assembly (PACE) to place Turkey on a political monitoring watch list last month. The decision of the PACE, which was adopted by 113 votes to 45, with 12 abstentions, was "wrong and unfair", Minister Ömer Çelik said.