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German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich. AFP photo

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich. AFP photo

Erdem Güneş Erdem Güneş erdem.gunes@hdn.com.tr

The German interior minister has denied accusations that Germany failed to provide Turkey sufficient help in its fight against terrorism.

“Such accusations are totally unjustified,” Hans-Peter Friedrich said yesterday in Istanbul when asked about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks on Germany regarding the deadly attack Feb. 1 on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

“It is true that the suicide attacker came from Turkey to Germany in 2001 and applied for asylum there. This asylum application was rejected, but still he was not deported. The German public authorities began last fall to initiate executive measures against him. He also received an order of deportation and left Germany. I believe that the Turkish authorities were informed that he was in Turkey again. But it is not true that we hadn’t done everything to proceed appropriately against the man. As I said, he had received a denial of his asylum case and also [a notice of] deportation. This shows how important good cooperation between Turkey and Germany is in the fight against violence and terrorism,” Friedrich said following a visit to Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul.

Erdoğan confirmed that Ecevit Şanlı, the attacker, had been living in Germany prior to the suicide bombing he carried out in front of the embassy, killing one and injuring another, while speaking in the Czech capital on Feb 4. The prime minister also mentioned that the assailant in the case of the murder of three Kurdish women Jan. 9 in Paris crossed from Germany to Paris.

Erdoğan accused German and other European states of not providing the necessary support in the fight against terrorism.

“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,” he said.

Authorities in the European Union should instead hand the suspects over to Turkey, Erdoğan said.

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

On Feb. 2, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) claimed responsibility for the attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

The radical leftist group justified the attack as retaliation for American policy in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya in a statement published on its website.

While in Istanbul Friedrich paid a visit to historic Rüstem Paşa Mosque in Eminönü and he is set to hold meetings today with Deputy Prime Ministers Bekir Bozdağ and Beşir Atalay and Interior Minister Muammer Güler.

February/06/2013

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mara mcglothin

2/7/2013 1:09:25 AM

Spot on ! JOHN MCAULIFFE JOE B There are good and bad terrorist hiding all over the World and apprehending these people is a full time job. Every country on the planet has the potential of providing a safe haven for terror networks. Is Germany on par with say, Yemen? or Pakistan? No I don't think so.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/6/2013 8:39:27 PM

Of course, it is fair to criticize Germany. This is not Germany's first mistake, remember the murder of 9 Non-germans by the Neonazis. Germany did not accept any criticism for a long time while the police is covering up evidence. How do we know if a cover-up is not going on in this case?

Murat

2/6/2013 7:02:48 PM

Amazing that the minister confesses to harboring a terorist and then claims Erdogan's accustions are not fair. Do they pick the below or above average IQ for this post in Germany? Europe is the main economic base of PKK, which drugs their children and extorts money from its tax payers to feed its murderous activities in ME. They are partners in crime practically.

John McAuliffe

2/6/2013 2:54:26 PM

As long as Erdogan and Davutoglu distinguish between bad and good terrorists nothing will be achieved in the fight against terrorism . Erdogan's words regarding the need of the whole world to fight terrorism are hollow with no real content . Bullying is neither diplomacy nor a well thought out foriegn policy.

Joe B

2/6/2013 12:35:07 PM

So the terrorist lived for at least 10 years in Germany after having being rejected asylym. How is that NOT harbouring a terrorist and providing a safe haven for terror networks?
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