Turkey's EU minister rejects 'polarization' claims

Turkey's EU minister defends prime minister against accusations of 'polarizing the country'.

Turkey's EU minister rejects 'polarization' claims

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's EU minister defended the prime minister on Wednesday against accusations he was 'polarizing the country' with comments made during a victory speech after Sunday's local elections in Turkey.

Mevlut Cavusoglu cited Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech on the balcony of the Justice and Development (AK) Party's Ankara headquarters saying "today is the victory day of the new Turkey, 77 million united and together as brothers."

Erdogan had said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets adding "they will pay for this."

The EU minister said Erdogan was seeking to bring those who threaten the state's national security to account, adding " this is not polarization ...Standing up against those is not polarization."

Responding to a question about whether Erdogan's speech caused polarization in Turkish society and claims made by some foreign newspapers that Turkey's EU entry negotiations should be suspended, Cavusoglu said: "Who said that negotiations must be suspended?"

"You have got a number of liberal lawmakers to say that earlier," he said, blaming the role of the media.

Germany's Christian Social Union called on Monday for the negotiations on Turkey's accession to the European Union to be stopped and the Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee suggested Turkey could join the Europen Economic Area (EEA) instead of the EU.

Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 09:27
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