Turkey's parliament speaker in official visit to Poland

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WARSAW - Turkey's Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek on Thursday arrived in Poland to deepen and develop the 600-year old ties between the two countries. 

Cemil Cicek met with his Polish counterpart Ewa Kopacz and visited historic sites and tourist attractions in the country’s capital, Warsaw.

On his address to the reporters, he responded to questions on two topics dominating Turkey’s agenda -- the Twitter ban, and Sunday’s local elections.

Commenting on the Twitter ban, Cicek said he agreed with Turkey’s Constitutional Court’s order to restore access to the popular micro-blogging site.

On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s ban on Twitter violated the right to freedom of expression and demanded access be restored.

“There should be some limitations to freedom, and these arise from international law,” said Cicek. “People who use their right to freedom should not violate the rights and freedom of others.”

He reiterated that the ban was a temporary measure and did not aim to restrict freedom of expression.

Speaking about last Sunday’s local elections in Turkey, Cicek said the Turkish nation once more showed the world its democratic maturity.

Justice and Development (AK) Party polled over 45 percent of votes in the first elections since last summer's anti-government protests and a wave of anti-graft probes in December.

Cicek said the government was not able to fully concentrate on the business world due to the elections. "Now it is the time to turn attention to that sector," he said.

The parliament head is scheduled to deliver a speech later on Thursday at the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

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