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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a press conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (not pictured) at government headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, 04 February 2013. EPA Photo

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a press conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (not pictured) at government headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, 04 February 2013. EPA Photo

The European Union needs to distance itself from terrorist organizations, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said during a press conference in Prague, complaining of “the lack of support from the EU” in Turkey’s struggle against terrorism.

Erdoğan’s criticism targeted the union on the issue of terrorism, citing negligence of EU countries in recent activities, including the Feb. 1 attack of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Erdem Şanlı, the attacker, had been living in Germany prior to the suicide bombing he carried out in front of the embassy building. Additionally, one of the three Kurdish women killed in the Jan. 9 Paris murders was wanted by Interpol, Erdoğan said, adding that they had alerted the French authorities prior to the attack.

“We cannot seem to receive the necessary support from Europe,” Erdoğan said. “Even when we alert the authorities on suspects and provide evidence of their terrorist acts, we don’t receive attention. They tell us that they are following those suspects.”

EU authorities should instead hand over the suspects to Turkey, Erdoğan added.

“We need to have a common struggle against terror. The European Union needs to distance itself from terrorist organizations,” Erdoğan told members of the press.

He also warned EU countries about what might happen in the future if terrorism continues on their soil.
 
“Terrorism is such a fire that while it burns where it falls, it may also eventually burn the tongs that hold it,” Erdoğan said.

February/04/2013

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In A Flap

2/5/2013 7:48:57 PM

remember turkey, once you join the EU the terrorists rights outweigh the rights of the victims. you have been warned.

JRC JRC

2/5/2013 11:10:30 AM

So RTE wants Europe to follow Turkish standards of justice? For a man who shouts so often about how "no one can tell Turkey what to do", his demands seem a little out of place. Add to that his friendships with some very dubious characters, and no one will take him seriously.

The Prisoner

2/5/2013 10:15:20 AM

Pot, kettle? Hilarious statement from the guy who supports the Syrian terrorists, Hamas, Fatah, Hizbollah, Taliban (I could go on and on). Hypocrisy in the Turkish goverment reaches new levels!

Agnostic Turk

2/5/2013 9:44:05 AM

I am no fan of Erdogan but he is to the point in his remark now. It is quite interesting that European readers of HDI, rather than answering to clear land ongstanding support of some EU states to terrorist organizations like PKK and DHKPC, point their fingers to Erdogan's relations with Hamas, an elected government in Gaza Strip.

Rimon Tree

2/5/2013 8:51:25 AM

@ BLUE You again don't tell the facts: First "democratically elected" is not a garantuee for further democracy , there follows second they have been elected (as well as Fatah) for 4 years, which have expired three years ago now, means they are NOT the legal representatives any more, they are dictators and not liked by their own population!

jim handley

2/5/2013 3:50:04 AM

To those that say Hamas was democratically elected. Let me point out that part of democracy is respecting the rights of the minority something Hamas clearly does not do as it's election was based on the type of populism that brought Hitler to power. Throwing Fatah members off buildings is not democracy.

mara mcglothin

2/5/2013 3:46:58 AM

NAGAYEC Yeah, right. Hamas is a recognized terror organization by most of the free World.

Suad quark

2/4/2013 8:25:56 PM

Turkey will be a full member to EU. It is EU who need it but maybe they don't know yet. I believe they have afraid from Turkey. There are members who used lies to join as Greece once or are failing as Portugal.

Nageyec Conduz

2/4/2013 8:09:27 PM

Vargen, for your information, Hamas is a democratically elected government, by the Palestinian people. You may be better argue that all Palestinians are terrorists.

Turiddu Giuliano

2/4/2013 6:59:56 PM

This is the result of the coward attitude of the EU that has always been silent whenever the Islamist Erdogan has opened his mouth to give lessons in democracy to the world and now in the fight against terrorism. I hope that this time someone in the EU has a burst of dignity and responds in kind to the new sultan, reminding him his fraternal relations with Hamas terrorists.
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