Erdogan slams European stance on terrorism amid migration talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Europe on Friday, saying a recent terrorist attack in Ankara could happen in any European city due to its "carelessness" in relation to terrorism.

The Turkish president was giving a World War I memorial speech as his prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, was entering talks with European leaders in Brussels on a joint plan to reduce the number of refugees coming to Europe via Turkey.

"There's no reason at all that the bomb which detonated in Ankara would not detonate in Brussels ... or in any other European city," Erdogan said according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

"European countries are still acting with carelessness, it's like dancing on a mine field," he said.

He referred to pro-Kurdish demonstrations this week in Brussels, where some protesters held flags of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), saying that "sympathizers of the terror organization ... made a show in the centre of the city."

The protests were against the Turkish military's operations in the mostly Kurdish south-east.

A car bombing in Ankara on Sunday killed 37 people and was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a PKK splinter group.

Davutoglu was in Brussels on Friday to negotiate a deal with the bloc to reduce migration flows. Turkey hopes to advance its progress on joining the EU and gaining visa-free access.

He expressed "deep disappointment" that while 78 million Turkish people are mourning the loss of the Turkish citizens killed in the car bombing the same terrorist organization "had the chance to support terrorist activity ... very close to this building."

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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