Turkish FM: No global resolve against terrorism

Turkish FM: No global resolve against terrorism
# 12 January 2015 18:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday that Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of Amedy Coulibaly who killed 4 hostages at a supermarket in Paris, arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2, stayed at a hotel in Istanbul and went to Syria on Jan. 8, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Mevlut Cavusoglu made his remarks at The Anadolu Agency's Editor's Desk on Monday, where he discussed recent developments in the region, especially the terrorist attacks on Wednesday and Friday that left 17 French nationals dead, including eight journalists from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Hayat Boumeddiene, dubbed as France’s most wanted woman, is in Syria and went there before last week’s deadly attacks, French media reported.

"As soon as we got the intelligence about Hayat Boumeddiene, we conveyed it to French officials," Cavusoglu said.

Cavusoglu highlighted the need for a determined strategy to fight against terrorism around the world.

"Unfortunately there is no determination in the world to fight against terrorism," he said.

"As Turkey, we are against every kind of terrorist incident no matter which race, religion, sect or region it comes from," he added.

The foreign minister said there were two main issues which needed to be dealt with in Europe and in the region: "One is combatting terrorism, in which there is a huge gap to fill, the other issue is racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe."

"We see that increasing xenophobia in Europe triggers terrorism, using discrimination as an excuse," Cavusoglu said.

Parallel structure and Armenia issue

Cavusoglu slammed the parallel structure, saying that the movement worked against Turkey even on the Armenian issue.

The parallel structure makes every attempt possible to weaken Turkey, the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusuoglu said.

In order to defame Turkey, these structures spend a great deal of money everywhere they are based, he said.

Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen's so-called Hizmet movement is accused of forming a criminal gang -- popularly referred to as the parallel state -- within Turkey's key institutions, including the judiciary and the police.

The movement runs a vast network of for-profit educational institutions in the U.S. and across the world.

The Turkish government accuses Gulen supporters of lobbying unspecified foreign elements to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's administration and of being behind online leaks, phone hacking and spying on high-ranking officials.

Cavusoglu slammed the parallel structure and said the movement is working against Turkey even on the Armenian issue. "We have to defend the interests of our country," he said.

The 1915 incidents took place during World War I when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and revolted against the empire. The uprisings came about after a decision by the empire to relocate Armenians in eastern Anatolia.

The Armenian diaspora and the state of Armenia have both described the incidents as "genocide" and have asked for compensation.