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The ongoing hunger strikes are just a show, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 31.

"There are no hunger strikes," Erdoğan said. "My minister went over there and observed them. It's a complete show. Half of them already gave up. All our health personnel are there [now] to help the rest."

"You can not destroy law anywhere in the world with such shows," Erdoğan said.
 
PM thanks Germany for support against the PKK
 
At the same press conference Erdoğan expressed his gratitude for Germany’s continued support against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"Germany promised to increase their support for our struggle against the PKK," Erdoğan told members of the press. "We thank them. We demand criminals be given back according to agreements signed with the EU."

Chancellor Merkel also repeated Germany's commitment to Turkey's fight against the PKK.

Merkel then spoke about Turkey's bid for EU membership during the conference, describing the European Union as an "honest partner."

"The progression report has been written. There are many important points on that," Merkel said.
 

October/31/2012

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mara mcglothin

10/31/2012 10:48:35 PM

TURK UZAN BUT this is Turkey, so do we know for sure that these people are terrorists or just some kids who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time??? I have no idea, but the other article interviewing the parents of two of these kids said they hadn't even been formally charged with anything. Only in Turkey. Ocalan is another matter all together. He has a life sentence and I do not feel that he has a right to see anybody including his lawyers. He has no appeals left so?

JRC JRC

10/31/2012 9:26:58 PM

Great photo of a man who believes women to be second class having to shake the hand of a woman with far more power who commands greater respect than he ever will. Speaking of criminals, I wonder if Merkel asked Erdogan about progress in the Lighthouse case, for which the Turks on the German side have already served their sentences while those on the Turkish side haven't yet been prosecuted.

Turk Uzan

10/31/2012 6:02:29 PM

Why is everyone SO concerned about these terrorist supporters?? If they decide to kill them selves WHY should we care?? Should we feel intimidated? Sorrowful? Sad? I mean most of these people are in prison .. I would be very happy to see them dead, why waste tax money. Yes, I wouldn't say such a thing lightly .. but ANY terrorists, rapists, serial killer, etc can take an example from them and do the same for all I care. Society doesn't need them, they are poison and we PAY for their care

Johanna Dew

10/31/2012 4:39:34 PM

I don't know what people are thinking about all what the PM is saying but I think he's lost. Bağis also made something unfortunate (again) statements too over there in Germany leaving people there pondering if this is all a show or....
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