ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey wants fresh funding from the European Union in exchange for stopping migrants streaming to Europe but should not be expected to turn itself into a “concentration camp” for refugees, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.
Europe, struggling with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people in the biggest migration movement it has seen since World War Two, is dangling the prospect of financial aid and faster EU membership in front of Turkey in the hope of winning its help in stemming the influx.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court has accepted an indictment accusing President Tayyip Erdogan’s foe Fethullah Gulen of trying to overthrow the government, state media said on Monday, stepping up pressure on the U.S.-based cleric less than two weeks before an election.
A copy of the indictment seen by Reuters said Gulen is the number one suspect among 69 people accused of running a “terrorist group” behind 2013 corruption investigations, targeting Erdogan’s inner circle, which were later thrown out of court.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey wants fresh funding from the European Union to tackle the migration crisis rather than the early disbursal of money already earmarked for it and it wants the sum reviewed annually, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.
Europe, struggling with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people in the biggest migration movement it has seen since World War Two, is dangling the prospect of financial aid and faster EU membership in front of Turkey in the hope of winning its help in stemming the tide.
ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkish leaders accused Europeans on Friday of treating their country shabbily and warned that a new deal with the EU to help stem the flow of migrants to Europe was not completely finalised.
Officials in Brussels, where EU leaders agreed overnight to offer Ankara cash, easier visa terms and a “re-energized” consideration of its EU membership bid, voiced cautious optimism that Turkey would do its part to encourage Syrian refugees not to head to Europe and to deter economic migrants from Asia.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the European Union had woken up too late to Turkey’s importance in stemming the flow of refugees from Syria and accused it of insincerity in talks on Turkish membership despite recent overtures.
EU leaders said overnight they had agreed with Erdogan a migration “action plan”, offering a possible 3 billion euro ($3.4 billion) in aid to Turkey to help halt the migrant flow to Europe.
ISTANBUL, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Turkey’s government said on
Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings
that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented
anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday’s bombing, the
worst of its kind on Turkish soil, was intended to influence the
outcome of November polls Erdogan hopes will restore the AK
party he founded to an overall parliamentary majority. There is
no question of postponing the vote, officials have said.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A top Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) commander said the group would stick to a ceasefire announced at the weekend, in memory of some 100 people killed in the Ankara bombing, a website close to the PKK reported on Monday.
The vow came despite Turkish military air strikes on PKK fighters in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq at the weekend and a clash in eastern Turkey in which the militants killed two Turkish soldiers, casting doubt on prospects for the ceasefire.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Islamic State is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara and investigators are close to identifying one of the suspects, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.
Speaking on Turkish broadcaster NTV in a live interview, Davutoglu said Saturday’s attack was an attempt to influence the outcome of a parliamentary election on Nov. 1 and that necessary steps would be taken if security failures were found to have contributed to the bombing.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey on Saturday and Sunday, pressing their military campaign a day after the rebel group ordered its fighters to halt attacks on Turkish soil.
Security sources said some 30-35 PKK guerrillas were killed in northern Iraqi raids on Sunday.
ISTANBUL, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) militant group called on its fighters to halt guerrilla
activities in Turkey unless they face an attack, a news website
close to the group said on Saturday, three months after it ended
a two-year-old ceasefire.
The leadership of a PKK umbrella group said the decision was
taken in response to calls from in and outside Turkey and that
its fighters would avoid acts which could prevent a “fair and
just election” being held on Nov. 1, Firat news agency reported.