EU official tells Turkey to implement reforms

September 13, 2010 11:32

ANKARA, Turkey — The European on Monday urged Turkey to implement reforms and to draft a new constitution that would usher in more freedoms after Turks approved sweeping changes to the constitution.

About 58 percent voted in favor of government-proposed amendments to the constitution crafted after a 1980 military coup in a referendum Sunday.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said the changes address "long-standing priorities" for Turkey's membership.

He said Turkey needs to enact laws to implement the reforms as well as a new constitution that would bring its democracy more in line with European standards.

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