Turkey’s Erdogan Claims Germany Abetting Terrorists — “Repeating the same accusations over and over again does not make them any more true.”

ANKARA — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities.

“Germany is abetting terrorists,” Erdogan told a conference in the Black Sea province of Rize, in comments likely to further escalate tensions between the two countries.

“We gave (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel 4,500 dossiers, but have not received an answer on a single one of them,” he told members of his ruling AK Party.

“When there is a terrorist, they can tell us to give that person back. You won’t send the ones you have to us, but can ask us for yours. So you have a judiciary, but we don’t in Turkey?” he said.

In Berlin, a German government source rejected Erdogan’s latest remarks.

“Everything has really been said about this,” said the source. “Repeating the same accusations over and over again does not make them any more true.”

Already tense relations deteriorated further last month after Turkey arrested 10 rights activists, including a German, as part of a wider security crackdown.

Turkey accuses Germany of sheltering Kurdish and far-leftist militants as well as military officers and other people linked to the abortive coup. Berlin denies the accusations.

Tensions between Berlin and Ankara were already running high after the arrest of a Turkish-German journalist and Turkey’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit troops at a Turkish air base.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Dolan and Andrew Bolton)


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 7 urged his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members to put in greater effort for the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019, while heralding a broad change within the party organization.

Speaking at the AKP’s extended provincial advisory council meeting in the Black Seaprovince of Rize, Erdoğan said the elections due in 2019 would be the “most challenging” compared with previous elections.

“We saw how hard it is to get over 50 percent of the votes in the [April 16] referendum and in previous elections. That picture tells us that we need to tightly prepare for 2019,” he added.

Erdoğan also repeated warnings about “weariness” among some party members.

“I have expressed many times that I see indications of ‘metal weariness’ in some of our organizations. We have to make a wide-scale change in our organizations, taking advantage of the process at our upcoming grand congress. As the party chairman, I am determined on this issue. We will continue on our path with friends who have the dynamism that is able to meet our nation’s expectations,” he added.

Erdoğan stressed that all AKP members must first address the “nation and the party cause” before anything else.

“Anyone who attempts to form an activity within the party in the style of the political barons of 25 years ago will face this brother of yours. You should know that. Such malignancy against the party is tantamount to malignancy against all of Turkey. Our country needs us and we need to crown our deeds over the last 15 years with our 2023 targets. This is what the nation expects from us,” he said.



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One Response to “Turkey’s Erdogan Claims Germany Abetting Terrorists — “Repeating the same accusations over and over again does not make them any more true.””

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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