HC Deb 11 January 1999 vol 323 c16W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he and his NATO counterparts have taken to seek to ensure that civilian control over the military is maintained and enhanced in Turkey; and if he will make a statement. [62098]

Mr. Spellar

The European Commission has made clear, in its recent report on Turkey's progress towards EU accession, that the strengthening of democratic institutions and civilian control of the military are vital components in bringing Turkey closer to its aspirations for full membership. We will continue to work with Turkey on this issue.