Fischer for talks on Istanbul bombings

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2003, ANKARA - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer arrived in Ankara Monday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul over a series of bomb attacks in Istanbul in the past week that left more than 50 people dead and hundreds injured. The series of bomb attacks on two synagogues and British interests in Istanbul have shocked Turkey as has the news that all four suicide bombers were Turkish nationals, a fact that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a great shame on Turk

24 November 2003

ANKARA - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer arrived in Ankara Monday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul over a series of bomb attacks in Istanbul in the past week that left more than 50 people dead and hundreds injured.

The series of bomb attacks on two synagogues and British interests in Istanbul have shocked Turkey as has the news that all four suicide bombers were Turkish nationals, a fact that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a great shame on Turkey.

Prosecutors at Istanbul's State Security Court on Tuesday began questioning 18 people taken into custody following Thursday's bombings of the British Consulate and the HSBC building.

They could be charged later in the day with aiding and abetting those who carried out the attacks.

A group with connections to al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attacks as has a little known Turkish Islamic group. Turkish officials have gone to pains to not publically blame any specific group before investigations are completed.

While the main topic of Fischer's talks with Gul is expected to be the Istanbul bombings, CNN Turk reported Gul was also going to call for Germany to do more to stop the activities of Kurds in Germany who support the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

Just days after the first attacks government spokesman Cemil Cicek said "certain European countries" had been crying "crocodile tears" over the attacks and had not done enough to stop PKK "terrorists" in their own countries.

Fischer's visit came as Jews in Istanbul held a memorial service for those killed in the first attacks on November 15.

It also comes as Moslems prepared to celebrate the end of Ramadan holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

DPA
Subject: German news



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