Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.

“Turkey is an important member of the Council of Europe and, as such, is bound by the European Convention of Human Rights that is very clear on death penalty,” Mogherini added, in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Speaking about the role of NATO, Kerry said that it “has a requirement with respect to democracy and NATO will indeed measure very carefully what’s happening.”

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