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Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (Germany)

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel

"Mr Çavuşolĝlu's speech is incredible. As a former President of the Assembly, he should have known better than to make such a speech. I would never have thought that a former President could talk such nonsense.

"In response to Mr Kox: if one asked the Turkish or Azeri governments whether they had any political prisoners they would not admit it. But it was clear that such people existed, sometimes held on remand or in an administrative detention, but political prisoners nonetheless.

"It was a key task of the Assembly to define the term. The amendment agreed in Committee earlier in the day would mean that members of the Assembly would not be able to discuss the matter in future. Only the Court would be able to discuss it.

"This would undermine the mandate of the Assembly.

"I support the report but oppose the amendments.

"I also criticise the intimidation of the rapporteur. This undermines the role of the Assembly."

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