PM: German foundation cuts deals with CHP, BDP

Turkey’s prime minister slammed a German foundation on Sunday for cooperating with main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, and Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, municipalities. He criticized activities by a German foundation, without naming it, claiming it was signing business agreements even though it claimed to be a foundation.

“There are some foundations that are active in the world and in Turkey. I am annoyed at them. There is a German foundation that is signing credit agreements with CHP and BDP municipalities,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday during a trip to Macedonia.

“The foundation makes credit deals with the CHP and BDP. It’s a fund under the name of a foundation. It requires that the business be given to a specific company,” he said, adding that they had several times conveyed their unease to German authorities but could not get a result.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also commented on the issue, saying that Erdoğan was stressing that terrorism could find support through different channels, Davutoğlu said.

“Sometimes there are situations that provide support [to terrorism] without consideration of that. At the moment it is a priority for us to block all sources of support for terrorism, and it’s our right to expect everyone to be liable and conscious of how much these activities enable terrorism,” he said.

The government has been monitoring these operations for some time, Davutoğlu said, adding that he was referring not only to German foundations. “These connections are being monitored by the state and necessary initiatives are already in place and will be carried out from now on,” he said.

In response to government accusations, CHP Deputy Chairman Gökhan Günaydın asked the prime minister to prove his claims.

The Turkish municipalities union is carrying out a project to “strengthen communities that constitute the lowest democratic decision-floor” with German Foundation Konrad Adaneur, Günaydın said in a press conference on Sunday.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News