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PM accuses France on Uzan move

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News | 10/16/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused France on Friday of harboring businessman Cem Uzan, who he labeled as corrupt.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused France on Friday of harboring businessman Cem Uzan, who he labeled as corrupt.

“If a European country embraces such a person, neither us nor history will forgive it,” Erdoğan said.

France has granted political asylum to the Turkish businessman, his lawyer said Monday.

Erdoğan criticized the move without naming the country. Uzan’s travel abroad had been banned due to an ongoing trial. “We talked about that with them [the French] and will continue talking,” he said.

The prime minister added that the United States had declared three members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, as specially designated narcotics traffickers, and blamed European leaders for their indifference.

“In Europe, there are more [terrorists sought by Turkey]. Although we told European leaders many times, European leaders are still indifferent to this issue,” he said.

“They say they are against terrorism, call for cooperation against terrorism and blacklist [terrorist groups], but they don’t pursue the issue, even when we supply them with names and documents,” Erdoğan said, referring to the European leaders. “They even harbor those who are sought by Red Bulletin. I explain this very clearly, that they harbor those who flee the country. Where is democracy, and where is an understanding of being in favor of freedoms?”

In regard to the government steps to deal with terrorism and minority rights and normalize ties with Armenia, Erdoğan said: “We are obliged to minimize the areas of problems… Turkey cannot strongly continue its path lacking a solution… We’ll tackle the problems in a determined and courageous way.”

The prime minister emphasized that the progress report being released by the EU Commission would confirm the government’s efforts.

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