Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek criticized Germany yesterday for its alleged inaction toward outlawed groups on its territory while taking part in a nostalgic train journey marking 50 years of Turkish immigration to Germany.
Çiçek expressed his discomfort regarding the alleged ease with which members of outlawed groups from Turkey, such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) are able to move around Germany.
“There are twice as many PKK [and] DHKP/C members in Germany as in the Kandil Mountains,” he told a German embassy official while aboard the train, adding that Germany had a robust state tradition.
Çiçek also lashed out at the German official when the latter said Turks and Germans had always acted in unison.
“We lost an empire because of that unity. I hope Germans are aware of that,” Çiçek said.
The train set off from Turkey to Germany on Oct. 26 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Turkish immigrants’ arrival in the federal republic. The event is being organized by the Turkish state broadcasting company, TRT.
Çiçek further criticized Germany for not allowing Turks to open a university in Germany even though Germans are allowed to establish universities in Turkey.
“Germany is the fastest operating country in Europe when it wishes to be so,” Çiçek said, adding that they could also become the slowest operating country when it suited their desires.