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Turkey's Erdogan slams EU for stance on Egypt bloodshed

Turkey lashes out EU for not strongly condemning the killing of pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo

Reuters, Sunday 28 Jul 2013
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Egypt's ousted president Morsi and Turkish PM Erdogan (Photo: AP)
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, an outspoken supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, lashed out at the European Union and others for failing to condemn strongly enough the killing of dozens in Cairo earlier on Saturday.

Security forces shot dead dozens of Mursi supporters on Saturday, days after the army called for a popular mandate to wipe out "violence and terrorism" following its removal of Egypt's first democratically government on July 3.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said she "deeply deplores" the deaths and called for a halt in violence.

But Erdogan, who has recently faced large street protests calling for his own government to quit, accused the EU of double standards for questioning the use of police teargas in Turkey but not the shooting deaths of protesters in Cairo.

"Those who were silent when Egypt's national will was massacred are silent again when people are massacred. What happened to the EU (and) European values, where are those who go around giving lessons in democracy?" Erdogan said in a speech to a group of businessmen in Istanbul in televised comments.

"Where is the United Nations? Where are those who created a brouhaha when Turkish police, in a completely justified and legitimate way, used water (cannon) and pepper spray now when there is a coup and a massacre in Egypt," he said.

Erdogan's comments were made before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, treading a fine line with an Arab ally that receives over $1 billion a year in U.S. military aid, urged Egyptian authorities to respect the right to peaceful protest.

The EU, which Turkey seeks to join, and the United States both criticized the police crackdown on Turkey's fiercest anti-government protests in decades. Five people died in clashes.

Erdogan's rule has been marked by his efforts to garner Turkey diplomatic clout in the Middle East.

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roger politi
28-07-2013 05:43pm
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Erdogan's arrogance will soon come to an end. His bloody regime has killed peaceful protesters only one month ago.He wanted zero problems with his neighbours, but has succeeded in alienating saudi arabia, iran,cyprus,greece, irak,israel, the kurds that he has massacred, and this lunatic idiot gives lessons to the world. Bark as much as you want erdogan, only obama pretends that he listens to you.
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