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The Turkish-German intel ties were questioned
after an attack of the US embassy in Ankara. daily News Photo

The Turkish-German intel ties were questioned after an attack of the US embassy in Ankara. daily News Photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Despite disappointment on the Turkish side due to “insufficient” counterterrorism cooperation, institutional efforts by Ankara and Berlin to strengthen this cooperation appear to be on track.

Turkey and Germany have agreed to hold joint seminars between related officials in order to reach a better mutual understanding in handling the terror problem and overcome gaps in information.

The idea came forward during German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich’s visit to Ankara last week, during which he met with his Turkish counterpart Muammer Güler. The proposal came from the German side and work has since started on the details. Workshops will be planned to enable the related officials to meet face to face and explain their perspectives.

Güler has asked for an easing of the currently complicated extradition process for PKK members living in Germany. The Turkish side has repeatedly emphasized that German law enforcement against suspected terrorists is not proceeding forcefully enough.

The parties have agreed for more “intense dialogue” on Turkey’s concerns, with the Turkish Interior Ministry planning to send a list to Berlin of those it seeks the extradition of.

Turkey informed Germany last December of its suspicions about a possible attack by Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (DHKP-C) members, who had been staying in Germany until a few months before the Feb. 1 bombing of the United States Embassy in Ankara, which killed a Turkish security guard and seriously injuring three other individuals.

February/14/2013

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cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/14/2013 11:07:21 PM

Optimist 23: Germany did not want to sign and extradition agreement with Turkey although Turkey wanted. Now, they do. Torture may not be the whole reason because Germany has extradited people to the US (and/or handed to US authorities) who were tortured. Moreover, there is death penalty in the US. Probably, the US can twist Germany's arm, but Turkey cannot.

Optimist 23

2/14/2013 10:49:22 AM

It is a two way street: a Turkish citizen committed murder just a few month ago and fled to TK. However the Turkish authorities refuse to extratide him. German authorities are hesitant to extratide Turkish citizens because they fear that they are exposed to torture. Also on the mega-fraud of Turkish Foundations in Germany several years ago, no positive response from TK, it is suspected that it gets too close to AKP circles. Good that they start to better cooperate.

True Turk

2/14/2013 12:39:46 AM

Germany has the largest population of "Turkish" citizens in central Europe, hence the largest group of Kurds, affiliated to the PKK. These people deal in prostitution, money laundering, drugs, people smuggling and extortion from Kurdish and Turkish businesses alike. The sooner the Germans bite the bullet and tackle this problem, the better. It is their women that are being prostituted and their kids that are being poisoned by PKK drugs.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/14/2013 12:10:29 AM

Finally, Germany understood something...
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