World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that Germany had an important place for the PKK network in Europe.
Speaking at a press conference prior to his departure from Ankara's Esenboga International Airport, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the "separatist terrorist organization in Turkey had many extensions in Germany operating under different names".
"I am travelling to Germany with Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis and several members of parliament. On Tuesday, I will attend the inauguration of Turkey's new Embassy in Berlin. On Wednesday, I will meet with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and have a working meal with her," Erdogan noted.
"The Turkish Embassy in Berlin will be one of Turkey's biggest embassies in the world. It was completed in 24 months and has a covered area of 10,000 square meters. The building has traces of Ottomans and the Seljuks as well as modern architecture," Erdogan stated.
"Our new embassy building in Berlin is a sign of the importance we attach to relations with Germany. In 2013, we will celebrate the 250th year of diplomatic relations with Germany," Erdogan stressed.
"The meeting I will have with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be crucial as Germany prepares for elections in 2013. The elections of 2013 in Germany will determine their future," Erdogan said.
"Germany's position in the EU is highly important. Germany has extended support to Turkey during its EU term presidency. Germany, despite some disagreements, supported Turkey and certain chapters during its EU term presidency. We have always expressed our gratitude to Germany. Nevertheless, we experience certain problems on various issues, one of which is terror. Germany has an important place for the terrorist network in Europe. The separatist terrorist organization in Turkey has many extensions in Germany working under different names," Erdogan indicated.
"The separatist terrorist organization has serious sources of financial support operating under different names. We have made the necessary warning to German officials and presented them certain documents and information.
During a recent international meeting, we talked on these documents with Ms. Merkel. I am in a position to remind Merkel about these documents during my current visit to Germany. We are both is a position of responsibility. Merkel had told me that there were around 4,000 cases related to such organizations in Germany," Erdogan expressed.
Touching on Turkish-German economic relations, Prime Minister Erdogan stressed that the trade volume with Germany in 2011 was 32 billion euros.
"In the first seven months of 2012, Turkey's trade volume with Germany was 19 billion euros. I do hope that our trade relations with Germany would continue in a stable fashion," Erdogan noted.
"There have been certain positive developments on the issue of visas after Turkey took some steps. We get saddened when we see the EU bringing visa liberalization for countries who have no ties to the EU while the union still implements visa requirement to Turks who are nationals of a country holding entry negotiations. We will share our thoughts with German officials during our current visit. It is our hope that we can make progress on the issue of visas in the shortest time possible," Erdogan also said.
Erdogan will attend the inauguration of Turkey's new Embassy in Berlin and, later, deliver the closing remarks of a meeting titled "Europe Beyond the Crisis" at the Nicolas Berggruen Institute.
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