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Berlin and Ankara require an agreement on the humanitarian corridors in Syria

February 4, 2014 9:12 am

Berlin, Feb 4 (Entravision) .- The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, today demanded a quick agreement to establish humanitarian corridors in Syria and criticized the blockade, although with different nuances, which suffers from the UN Security Council.

The summit, which also spoke of the accession process of Turkey to the European Union, took place within a visit of Erdogan to Berlin marked electoral character, since this year there are presidential in his country and would probably be submitted as a candidate.

Merkel complained that the humanitarian situation in Syria is “unbearable”, was appalled by the pump barrels and i regret that the first round of negotiations between the Syrian Government and the opposition, which ended last Friday in Geneva, not achieved or minimal progress in the humanitarian field.

In addition, I believe that the United Nations Security Council should continue to urge the parties to reach an agreement in this area, the considered as more pressing and, theoretically, less controversial.

The chancellor stressed that Russia is an element of “key” in the Security Council – in reference to the number of times has threatened to veto resolutions on its ally, Syria, and showed the willingness of the German Executive to continue to negotiate with Moscow, Beijing and Tehran.

Erdogan charge, in a tone much more critical, against the Security Council, which has labeled as “unable to work” and insensitive to a “human tragedy” in the who have already died “more than 150,000 people”.

“Cannot accept” that the highest body of the UN – where only Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, France and China have the right to veto – contemplate these figures as “someone who sees a football match,” said Erdogan.

The Turkish prime minister, one of the leaders more openly opposed to the regime of Syrian president, Bashar al Asad, also expressed regret that the first round of peace negotiations conclude without the least progress.

“There has been no positive result and at the moment either may be guessed that in the future go to them,” summarized Erdogan.

The Turkish prime minister also criticized the UN for the little aid you are receiving to respond to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees that come in your country and assured them that, regardless of the magnitude of that support, Turkey will continue to meet them.

Merkel acknowledged that effort, secured the support of Berlin and I think that “Europe has to give more steps” in the reception of refugees.

Another key issue of the meeting was the process of accession of Turkey to the EU, where Berlin plays an essential role by its specific weight inside the block and its important Turkish community, approximately three million members.

Merkel reiterated that it shows “skeptical” before a full incorporation of Ankara to the EU and stressed that the process has an “open-ended”, this is, that could be finalized without the admission of Turkey.

For its part, Erdogan said that his country wants to get closer to Twenty-eight and, in a speech prior to its meeting with the chancellor, said: “the EU needs Turkey”.

He had recently opened the chapter 22 of the negotiations on regional policy, while the 23 ( “Fundamental rights and judicial”) and 24 ( “Justice, Liberty and Security” ), they are blocked by Cyprus, with the that Ankara is confronted by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Erdogan, besieged in house by several cases of corruption, visit Berlin with an eye to the forthcoming elections in their country: the municipal elections in March, in which the key is “the number of votes” total to get each party, and the presidential summer.

For the first time the head of the Turkish State will be elected directly, and Erdogan, who cannot run for reelection as prime minister after three legislatures, probably ran as a candidate.

The agenda of his visit to Berlin, where there has been no lack of protests from several hundreds of their opponents, closes today with a rally in the event that has been given to around 4,000 people.

It is estimated that of the nearly three million people of Turkish origin living in Germany, about half are older and have Turkish passport and, therefore, entitled to participate in these elections.