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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."
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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