EU parliament votes to start accession talks with Turkey Bernard Hibbitts at 10:29 AM ET
[JURIST] The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted Wednesday to support the immediate start of European Commission talks with Turkey that could result in Turkey joining the European Union. The non-binding resolution passed 407-262. The MEPs did, however, insist on closely monitoring Turkey's progress in improving human rights, religious freedom and women's rights, and indicated that talks could be called off if there were problems in these areas. Turkey has similarly indicated that it has concerns, and will not pursue its application if its membership if subject to permanent special conditions. Read the European Parliament's official press release on today's vote here. BBC News has more. The European Union provides background information on Turkey's accession here.
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