Turkey says will act if Syrian Kurdish militia don't retreat

Turkey says will act if Syrian Kurdish militia don't retreat

Turkey says will act if Syrian Kurdish militia don't retreat

The goal of the meeting was to mend relations between Turkey and the EU. But we are concerned that some of the methods used undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law in Turkey.

Greece is satisfied with the EU's position on issues important for Athens that were put to the meeting in Varna. We welcome positive progress in recent months with some of our Member States, but still have serious concerns about inter alia recent Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea as well as the detention of European Union citizens. He hoped that progress would be made in Turkey's accession process, and that the visa liberalization agreement would soon be finalized.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey's intelligence chief would meet an Iraqi official to discuss an Iraqi military operation in Sinjar, a region of Iraq bordering on Turkey, where Ankara says Kurdish militants have established a base.

Ankara said it might also extend its operation further east to Manbij unless the PYD/PKK terrorist group leaves the strategically located city. We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and consultations and to work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership.

But Erdogan said it was time for the European Union to "keep its promises" to Turkey, which started formal membership negotiations in 2005 that stalled five years and have now effectively collapsed.

Prior to the meeting, Erdogan told reporters that Turkey still regards full European Union membership as a strategic goal.

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When questioned by police, Kraicker reportedly said that he had been in the German army for four years and wanted to go to Syria to join the PYD/PKK. He added that Turkey meant to continue with its operations as long as necessary.

The EU has condemned what it considers Turkey's illegal actions against Cyprus.

It would be a grave mistake for Europe, which claims to be a global force, to push Turkey out of its expansion policy.

Erdogan pressed his European leaders to grant Turkish citizens visa liberalization to allow them to travel to certain European countries without visa restrictions.

However he added: "We don't want rambling or unfair criticisms on sensitive issues like the fight against terror".

Emphasizing the utmost care for civilians during the operation, Bozdag said the mine and explosive searches continue to provide security for the civilians in the region.

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