MEPs recommend postponement of EU Turkmen gas deal.
THE MEP coordinating the European Parliament's response to a
proposed European Parliament trade agreement with natural gas-rich
Turkmenistan is opposing its ratification over human rights concerns.
Following a visit of conservative MEPs to the country, German Christian
democrat MEP Daniel Caspary has said: "I am going to propose not to
ratify the agreement now. The human rights situation in Turkmenistan is
unclear and there are too many questions still to be answered". As
European Parliament 'rapporteur' on the agreement, he has to
recommend the institution's stance on the agreement, which would
promote the sale of Turkmen gas to the EU. Caspary said he would
postpone an EP vote, saying: "The statements of the government, the
European ambassadors, the NGOs and our findings on the ground do not go
together. We cannot take a decision on that basis."