World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with ambassadors of EU countries at a dinner in Ankara on Monday evening after he recently made a series of statements criticizing the 27-nation bloc for its reluctance in speeding up Turkey's accession negotiations and what he called a lack of sufficient cooperation against terrorism.
Erdoğan has said on more than one occasion recently that Turkey could drop its EU accession bid and seek membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) instead because the EU has been stalling in negotiations with Turkey for five decades. He repeated criticism of the EU on Saturday, this time saying that it tolerates the activity of terrorists wanted in Turkey.
During his speech at the İstanbul meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Erdoğan stated that Turkey will show no further patience over what he called Europe's tolerance of terrorist groups that target security forces and civilians in Turkey.
“The latest incident in Paris and the attack on the US Embassy, in which a Turkish national was killed and a Turkish journalist wounded, have led us to question the relationship between Europe and terrorism,” Erdoğan said.
The prime minister was referring to an incident in which three Kurdish women, including a co-founder of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were found dead in Paris on Jan. 9, shortly after Turkey had initiated peace talks regarding the Kurdish issue.
Erdoğan accusing Europe of failing to show the necessary solidarity with Turkey in fighting terrorism, adding that terrorism has cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars over the past three decades.
Erdoğan also complained that European officials talked about “freedom” and “law” when Turkey requests the extradition of suspects. He stressed that he will bring up the issue at a meeting with EU country envoys on Feb. 11. “We have already told every [European] leader we meet that our patience has almost run out,” he said.
News reports said Monday's regular Cabinet meeting is also expected to discuss Turkey's EU process.
Last Mod: 11 Şubat 2013, 11:02