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The European Union (EU) executive on Wednesday voiced concern about developments in Turkey and urged that any investigation into a massive graft scandal embroiling the government remain transparent and impartial.
BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) executive on Wednesday voiced concern about developments in Turkey and urged that any investigation into a massive graft scandal embroiling the government remain transparent and impartial.
The Turkish government has fired more than 700 police officers since mid-December as part of a mass purge launched in response to the corruption scandal rocking Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Asked to respond to events in Turkey, European Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said "recent steps" in the country were "a cause of concern".
"We urge Turkey, as a candidate country committed to the political criteria of accession, including the application of the rule of law, to take all the necessary measures to ensure that allegations of wrongdoing are addressed without discrimination or preference in a transparent and impartial manner," said a Commission statement.
"Any action which undermines the effectiveness of investigations into these allegations should be avoided."
In the latest wave of sackings, Ankara on Thursday fired 16 police chiefs, a day after 350 police officers were fired in the capital Ankara.
"The recent steps (removing, reassigning or firing police officers and investigators) are a matter of concern," the EU text said.
"These steps could undermine the current investigations and capacity of the judiciary and the police to investigate matters in an independent manner."