The 17 nation Council of Europe on Thursday(14 Dec) opened a review of its future role in the light of the enlargement of the European Common Market.
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SV Meeting President & others
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SV Malta PAN Italy
SV Ireland delegates
SV Iceland PAN Germany
SV Cyprus delegation
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Background: The 17 nation Council of Europe on Thursday(14 Dec) opened a review of its future role in the light of the enlargement of the European Common Market.
The two day meeting was scheduled to discuss East-West relations and European cooperation.
But the most dramatic subject expected to come up was the issue of alleged torture of political prisoners in Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Halur Bayulken, on Wednesday faced three hours of questioning about the matter.
The confrontation occurred in the Council of Europe's Political Committee and was spearheaded by a British Labour M.P. Frank Judd and Dutch Socialist deputy Pieter Dankert. After the meeting, Mr. Bayulken told newsmen through a spokesman: "It was a very frank and friendly but confidential exchange of views." Earlier, Mr. Dankert had submitted a report to the Turkish Foreign Minister which alleged prisoners' fingernails had been pulled out, that some prisoners had been given electric shock treatments and others had suffered severs beatings.
SYNOPSIS: At the Chateau de la Muette in Paris, the seventeen nation Council of Europe on Thursday began reviewing its future role in the light of the enlargement of the European Economic Community.
One of the first decisions in principle was to create a special Foreign Ministers' Committee to determine where the Council's future lies. The proposal will be taken up at a meeting of the Council's permanent representatives in Strasbourg next February. The must dramatic subject expected to come up for discussion at the present meeting was the question of alleged tortures of political prisoners in Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Haluk Bayulken, told a news conference on Thursday that competent authorities in his country had investigated the allegations and had found them untrue.