German member of the European Parliament (EP) and the current chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs said if the German Bundestag was bombed by a faction of the German army they would have taken the same preventive measures as Turkey to get rid of those who were responsible for that kind of assault. ''If the German army were to have bombed the German parliament, I think we would have done the same [as Turkey] during the first week to get rid of those who were responsible for that.'' Brok said, responding to a question about the state of emergency which was declared by Turkey following the July 15 coup attempt.
Brok paid a visit to Turkey along with EP Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri between Aug. 23-25, and during their visit they met with Turkish officials, representatives of political parties as well as NGO representatives. European Union officials stated that the aim of the visit was to express the EU institutions' solidarity with the Turkish people following the failed coup on 15 July, and to get first hand information on recent developments in Turkey.
Speaking to members of the press at the end of their visit on Thursday in Ankara, Brok stressed that even under the state of emergency Turkey's has to maintain Council of Europe (COE) standards and said the whole the process will be monitored by the COE. ''We have to check that at the end of the state of emergency and we would very much welcome that there is a certain agreement between the COE secretary-general Thorbjørn Jagland and the Turkish government that this process will be monitored by the COE,"he said.
"We hope and we're confident that it comes back to normal procedures that we have the unity of the state institutions again and that parallel organizations will not possible in the future,'' he added.
Commenting on the Turkey's cross border military operation to clear a Syrian border town of DAESH Elmar Brok underlined that they welcome Turkey's efforts in the fight against DAESH. "We welcome that Turkey takes measures against DAESH, that this is in our common interest," he said. Regarding Turkey's concern about PYD's expansion in the Syria Brok said, "Perhaps it's not good, it's the situation might be used by one or the other side to increase the region of influence outside the traditional zone of influence."
"I do not hope that this will change the whole game then and that might be an understanding that because we believe all saw that in a cooperation with the free Syrians and with the Kurds in Syria, with the aligns shared by the U.S. and such a common interest that is also not in the interest to change the game," Brok continued, answering a question about Turkey's intention to set up a safe zone inside the Syrian borders with an aim to deliver humanitarian aid more efficiently and to prevent a refugee influx.
According to the statement by an EU delegation in Ankara during their visit both him and Turkey rapporteur Piri gained a better understanding of the challenges posed by the Gülen Movement (which recognized as the cult-like terrorist group, FETÖ) and the independence of state institutions. ''Members fully supported that active participants of the coup attempt respond before the law for their crimes, emphasizing at the same time how important it is to respect due process and deal with all cases in respect of the rule of law, fundamental rights and Council of Europe standards," the statement said.