Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Last quote by Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground. If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. Europe will be damaged by this. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy.
Mar 23 2017
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been quoted 391 times. The one recent article where Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been quoted is Associated Press. Most recently, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as having said, “We stand in solidarity with the U.K., our friend and ally, against terrorism, the greatest threat to global peace and security.”.
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If you sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations to the elections held on Wednesday, you will pay the price. I thought Nazism was dead, but I was wrong. Nazism is still widespread in the West. The West has shown its true face.

What took place in the Netherlands was the trampling of diplomacy, international law, practice, decency. Is there a peep coming out of Europe? No. Why? Because they won't bite one another. They are all the same. The Netherlands did not behave like a European Union member state governed by the rule of law, but like a banana republic.

If you sacrifice Turkish-Dutch relations to the elections on Wednesday, then you will pay the price.

I said 'I thought Nazism was over,' but I was wrong. In fact, Nazism is alive in the West.

They will certainly pay the price, and also learn what diplomacy is. We will teach them international diplomacy.

We must accept the fact that one terrorist group can't be eliminated by another. As a country that has been fighting a war against terrorism for 35 years, our current enemies are terrorist groups like the Kurdish YPG, ISIL and al-Nusra.

Those votes you cast will be the best response, not just to all the countries in the West, but to all the countries in the world. God willing April 16 will be the day that my citizens who have been hindered in the West and around the world will also celebrate.

I thought Nazism had ended in Germany. Turns out that it's still going on, plain and visible.

We don't want to see the Nazi world anymore. We don't want to see their fascist actions. We thought that era was in the past, but apparently it isn't. Germany, you have no relation whatsoever to democracy.

We will talk about Germany's actions in the international arena and we will put them to shame in the eyes of the world.

In Germany they are not allowing our friends to speak. Let them do so. Do you think that by not allowing them to speak the votes in Germany will come out 'no' instead of 'yes?'. Germany, you don't have anything to do with democracy. These current practices of yours are no different than the Nazi practices of the past.

They need to be put on trial for aiding and abetting terrorism, the situation is so obvious and clear. Now they are asking us: 'why are you whipping up the issue?' Just you wait, we have only just started. We are going to expose all that you have done one by one in several international meetings.

Turkey is the country with the best seas, the best mountains, the best rivers, the best lands, the best trees, the best sun, the best food and fruits, the warmest and most heartfelt smiles and of the best times to be had on earth.

I hope this will be good for our people. I hope it will be good for the country. I hope this will be the beginning of a new era.

After this operation to take al-Bab, the next targets in the east are Manbij and Raqqa.The ultimate goal is to establish a safe zone by cleansing a 4,000- to 5,000-square-km area of terrorists.

There's a legislative branch, executive as well, and the same goes for judiciary. There can't be a question about removing the separation of powers.

Raising interest rates influences the exchange rate and inflation in a negative way.

We have substantial evidence of the activities of this network in Africa and I hope my friend Magufuli will help us.

Nobody has enough power to topple this country with economics, terror, unrest or cruelty.

I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr Trump takes office. I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr Trump, particularly on regional issues.

These attacks try to push our emotions ahead of our reason. Even if we suffer as a result, it is no reason to give in.

The goal is to polarise our society, that is very clear. We will stay strong and keep our composure.

Nobody's lifestyle is under systematic threat in Turkey. We will never allow this. We haven't allowed this since we took the helm 14 years ago. Anyone who claims otherwise must prove it with concrete examples.

I repeat once again: no one's lifestyle is under systematic threat in Turkey. We would never allow such a thing. We didn't allow it in 14 years of governance. If anyone alleges differently they need to put forward concrete examples.

To present the country – which is leading the greatest struggle against Daesh – as one that is supporting terrorism is what the terror organization wants. To say Turkey has surrendered to terrorism is to take sides with the terrorists and terror organizations. In Turkey, no one's way of life is under any threat. Those who claim this have to prove it. It is my duty to protect everyone's rights.

Despite the sad start in the early hours of 2017, we strongly maintain our expectations for the new year. To present the country which is leading the greatest struggle against Daesh as one supporting terrorism is what terror organization wants. In Turkey, no one's way of life is under any threat. Those who claim this have to prove it. It is my duty to protect everyone's rights.

They are trying to create chaos, demoralise our people, and destabilise our country with abominable attacks which target civilians … We will retain our cool-headedness as a nation, standing more closely together, and we will never give ground to such dirty games.

Turkey continues its combat against terror and is absolutely determined to do whatever is necessary in the region to ensure its citizens safety and peace.

I vehemently condemn the terror attack in Istanbul's Ortakoy neighborhood in the first hours of 2017.

We, as Turkey, have been calling to Western nations for some time to not distinguish between terrorist organizations and to be principled and consistent in their stance. Some countries, namely the United States, have come up with some excuses on their own and overtly supported the organizations that massacre innocent people in our region. When we voice these, these gentlemen are bothered by it.

You began asking what would you do if Turkey opens its gates. Look at me, if you go any further, these borders gates will be opened.

Sooner or later, the United States will make a choice. Either Turkey or FETO (Gullenist terror group. Ed).

They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State). Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.

He was a member of the Fethullah Gulen Movement, the terrorist organisation. There is no point in hiding that. We can see it from the places where he was raised, and from his connections.

There is some speculation about why he wasn't captured alive. Look what happened in Besiktas when they tried to capture an attacker alive.

Together with Mr. Putin, we have an understanding that our cooperation, especially in Syria, will not be affected by this attack.

After the incident [attack on the Russian ambassador], during a conversation with Mr. Putin, we agreed this is indeed a provocation about that there is no dispute.

This is a provocation to damage the normalization process of Turkish-Russian relations. But both the Russian and Turkish administrations have the determination not to fall for this provocation.

Turkey is under a combined attack by terrorist organizations, especially the divisive terrorist organization.

If necessary, we will take some part of those who have left and bring them to Turkey, children, the elderly, those who are really in difficult conditions and place them in camps and houses, if they are available. We will provide them with a peaceful environment.

Not even a few hours had passed since the agreement was reached that the regime forces broke the cease-fire and once again started to attack civilians. Assad's regime is clearly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Aleppo. Everybody needs to see this reality including those who give him support.

If you show mercy to a tyrant, you are betraying the oppressed. Never show mercy to a tyrant.

Nobody should doubt that with God's will, we as a country and a nation will overcome terror, terrorist organizations ...and the forces behind them.

We have once again witnessed tonight in Istanbul the ugly face of terror which tramples on every value and decency.

Convert the foreign currency under your pillows to national currency against those who want to topple us. This is national, this is fruitful. Don't worry you won't make a loss here.

We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror.

Let's be patient until the end of this year, then we will go to the people. Sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the people, so let's go to the people.

I have nothing against the independence of the central bank, but I cannot allow my people's will and rights to be taken away with high interest rates.

If we stay silent, after all of these events if we don't saying anything, the West will continue to welcome – with red carpets – tyrants who salute the West and who have blood on their hands and label anyone who criticises them as a dictator.

In America they started calling Trump a dictator. In various countries of the Europe they spilled into the streets and started saying 'dictator.' Why aren't you respecting the results of the ballot box?

We won't allow them to destroy this country nor to crush the people. We will do whatever is necessary.

We know that the state is not fully cleared of this treacherous gang. They are still within the Armed Forces, they are still within the police, they are still within the judiciary and they are still within the various sections of the state.

I hope that in the upcoming process, this will be reassessed especially by the United States and positive steps will be taken so that terrorism's back is broken and Turkey is rid of the threat of terrorism.

As a country that suffers from terrorism, we cannot tolerate the fact that PKK members freely travel in European countries and walk through the corridors of the European Parliament carrying posters of the terrorist PKK leader (Abdullah Ocalan).

Germany, we are concerned by your stance. You are encouraging terrorism.

You are late, go and review them as soon as you can. But don't just review them – go and make your final decision.

Europe, as a whole, is abetting terrorism. Even though they declared the PKK a terrorist organisation, this is clear. We see how the PKK can act so freely and comfortably in Europe.

I don't care if they call me dictator or whatever else, it goes in one ear, out the other. What matters is what my people call me.

They (Western critics) should not concern themselves with trifles. We know well who they are, we have studied their history closely. I got to know them very well during my 14-year-old tenure as a prime minister and a president.

Our aim is to go to al-Bab and expel them toward the south.

Tel Afar is an entirely Turkmen town . if Hashd al-Shaabi starts terrorizing it, then our response will certainly be different.

Some insist on trying to keep Turkey and the FSA away from al-Bab. We are determined to cleanse Manbij from the PYD as soon as possible. Either they abandon the area as soon as possible, or we will do what is necessary.

We will maintain this struggle in Sinjar. Why? Because Sinjar is becoming a new Qandil. ... We cannot permit Sinjar, because the PKK is there.

Let's achieve peace for the people of Aleppo. Let's make a joint fight against terrorist organisations. But Aleppo belongs to the people of Aleppo. We need to be clear on this. It is not right to make calculations over Aleppo.

I have told our American friends we do not need (the Syrian Kurdish groups) to fight Daesh.

They will leave (Manbij). They will to go east of the Euphrates river. If not, we will do what is needed.

We are putting it (possible intervention) on our agenda ... to remove the threat against our country coming from the region between Kilis and Kirikhan, to clear this region from the terrorists.

We are obliged to, we will go there. We have to prepare a region cleansed from terror.

Turkey will take part in the Mosul operation and hold a seat at the table. It is out of the question for us to remain outside.

From now on we will not wait for problems to come knocking on our door, we will not wait until the blade is against our bone and skin, we will not wait for terrorist organizations to come and attack us.

I'm warning the terrorist organizations, the sectarian fanatic Baghdad government, and the Assad government that kills its own people: you are on the wrong path. The fire you are trying to start will burn you more than us.

Let them go wherever until we find and destroy them. I am saying this very clearly: they will not have a single place to find peace abroad.

They thought they could keep us out of Mosul by bothering us with the PKK and Daesh (Islamic State) ... They think they can shape our future with the hands of terrorist organizations. We know that the terrorists' weapons will blow up in their hands soon.

We know this business in this region. You are foreigners here. You do not know.

I am sorry but we are not responsible for the possible outcomes of this operation that Turkey is not participating in. We will take part in this operation and we will also be at the negotiation table as well. We have a 350 kilometre border with Iraq that we have to defend from potential threats.

Turkey "will be in the (Mosul) operation and we will be at the table. It is not possible for us to stay outside.

They can go to their own lands, we can let them live there safely. That's the step we will take. We have given our proposal to coalition powers and we are moving together.

We won't let Mosul be given to Daesh (Islamic State) or any other terrorist organization. They say Iraq's central government needs to approve this but the Iraqi central government should first deal with their own problems.

Nobody should talk about our Bashiqa base. We will stay there. Bashiqa is our insurance against any kind of terrorist activities in Turkey.

The world is greater than five. A Security Council that does not represent the entire world can never serve to re-establish peace and justice around the world.

I am convinced that the process of normalization of our ties will continue rapidly.

On Aleppo, we discussed what kind of a strategy can be applied on humanitarian aid so that the people there can quickly attain peace and calm.

Turkey's incursion into northern Syria in early September had led to establishing peace, balance and stability in a region taken over by hopelessness.

I am calling, from this podium, to all our friends, to swiftly take the necessary measures against the Gulenist terrorist organization for their own safety and the future of their nations. It is evident from our experience that if you do not fight the Gulen network at this stage, it may be too late later.

It should never be forgotten that the failed coup in Turkey was aimed at world democracy as well. It is a futile effort to look for peace behind the barbed wire and high walls.

Jarablus was liberated. Now the people of Jarablus are returning home with joy. Al-Rai was also cleansed (from ISIL). Now we are moving towards al-Bab. They (the Americans) are asking 'why do you go there?'. We will. We need to make sure this area does not pose a threat against us.

As part of the Euphrates Shield operation, an area of 900 square kilometers has been cleared of terror so far. This area is pushing south.

Jarablus and al-Rai have been cleansed, now we are moving towards al-Bab... We will go there and stop (Islamic State) from being a threat to us.

It is our duty to our people to finish off Daesh (ISIL) in Syria and to reduce them to a level where they can't carry out attacks in our country. Euphrates Shield is the first step in that.

We are as determined about the PYD, the separatist terror organization's Syrian wing.

Terror has used a 14-year-old child as a suicide bomber and shed blood, killed people. In this attack, our 54 citizens, including 34 children, died.

As per the extradition agreement between the U.S. and Turkey, these types of people should at least be detained, arrested and kept under surveillance. Yet that individual is still directing his terrorist organization from his whereabouts. He has schools, businesses and associations in 170 countries. He continues managing them. Many members of the media are interviewing them.

Whether it's Daesh or PKK or PYD or YPG or the DHKPC or Nusra or Al Shabab, in our view these are all terrorist organisations… There are no good or bad terror organisations. We can not make a distinction between good or bad terrorist organisations. They are all terrorist and all are bad.

This attack shows that there is no difference between PKK, ISIS and the Gulenist organisation. They are all working for the same goal.

Europe didn't understand and it seems they won't understand our struggle. We know that they are not honest towards us. We will not step back from our military and police as well as judicial operations. We will keep conducting our operations.

We will not shy away from noting down and questioning banks where we see banks go the wrong way on interest rates and credit policies. If the banking sector tries to turn this into an opportunity they will deal with us.

They will either choose the coup-plotter terrorist FETO or Turkey, the democratic country.

Without Russia's participation it's impossible to find a solution to the Syrian problem. Only in partnership with Russia will we be able to settle the crisis in Syria.

Sovereignty stays unconditionally with the nation. If the people want it, (the death penalty), in my opinion, the political parties should follow the will of the people.

July 15 showed our friends that this country isn't just strong against political, economic and diplomatic attacks, but against military sabotage as well. It showed that it will not fall, it will not be derailed. Those wringing their hands on that night hoping for Turkey to fall woke up the next day to realize their work was much harder than they thought.

As a state and as a nation we need to analyze the July 15 coup attempt very well. We need to evaluate well not just those who engaged in this treachery, but the powers behind them, the motives that made them take action.

We will continue on our road in solidarity. We will love each other not for rank or title, but for Allah.

There we will stand together as a single nation, a single flag, a single motherland, a single state, a single spirit.

The business world is where they are the strongest. We will cut off all business links, all revenues of Gulen-linked business. We are not going to show anyone any mercy.

The West is supporting terrorism and taking sides with coups. Forces unhappy with Turkey's rise as a regional power were behind the coup. They have actors inside (Turkey) but the scenario of this coup was written abroad.

Any country and any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coupists are not our friends.

I take this opportunity to withdraw all the lawsuits, for this once, against those who showed disrespect to me and insulted me in every way.

I hear the people chanting about the death penalty and we are a democracy.

It is not possible for them to remain in this country's institutions, those who rained bombs purchased with taxes on my pristine people.

Instead of thanking this nation that quashed the coup in the name of democracy, on the contrary, you are taking sides with the coup plotters. The putschist is already in your country.

Instead of saying 'thank you' to this state which repelled the coup'd'état – 'thank you' in the name of democracy – you are standing next to the coup plotters. What is more the plotter of this coup is in your country.

What we have promised to date applies. But a question to the Europeans: have you stuck to your promises? The West has unfortunately not been sincere thus far.

Having faith is one of the conditions of being a Muslim. My wife, daughter, grandchildren, my son-in-law, my security detail - everybody was in the plane ... Allah apparently decided for us to continue and not to perish that night.

It became clear to me that I had to move, it was no longer necessary for me to stay put.

I was talking to our pilot, asking questions about the situation of the airport ... I asked him how much fuel he had, and he told me he had enough to keep us airborne for three or four hours.

As you know France declared an initial state of emergency for three months then prolonged it for another three months. Then they prolonged it for another three months. So there is no obstacle in terms of prolonging it. Initially of course it is three months but after three months we can ask for a second three month period and extend it.

Domestic and international investors in our economy shouldn't have the slightest concern with regard to the implementation of the state of emergency. S&P – what do you have to do with Turkey? Turkey is not one of your members. This institution has done the similar things previously and we told them we no longer wanted to have ties with them.

Those individuals in this group, understood to be members of the Gulenist terrorist organisation, attacked its state and its nation using planes, helicopters, tanks and all kinds of weaponry.

This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms.

You cannot put aside the people's demands. In a country where our youths are killed with tanks and bombs, if we stay silent, as political people we will be held responsible in the afterlife.

No democracy shall allow for soldiers, prosecutors, police, judges, and bureaucrats to take orders from an outside organization instead of the institutional bureaucracy.

They will pay a heavy price for this. This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.

We are not revenge takers, the great revenge taker is God.

We hear your request. In a democracy, whatever the people want they will get.

I told you that these people were attempting a coup but you didn't listen. Now today after this coup attempt I say one more time: Give this person in Pennsylvania to us. If we are strategic partners, if we are model partners, then please comply with our request. My call is to the US. Whoever you asked from us to give back to you as a terrorist we will give them. Now it is your turn to give us back this person who is on our terror list.

They bombed places I had departed right after I was gone. They probably thought we were still there.

They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people is in charge.

This attempt at a coup d'etat is an act of betrayal, a rebellion and of course those who betrayed this country will pay a heavy price for their treachery.

I'm making a call out to my people. ... Let us gather in our squares, at our airports as the people and let that minority group come upon as with their tanks and artillery and do whatever they wish to do.

That's Germany… I wanted to connect to the meeting via videoconference. They didn't allow me to, they decided against it: where is democracy?

Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end.

They have no connection to Islam. Their place is in hell. These people were innocent; they were children, women, elderly, ... They embarked on a journey unaware, and came face to face with death. You have no such right.

They have been let loose against us by the forces who hold their leashes. The bombs that explode in our country today will tomorrow explode in the hands of those who sent them.

Turkey, as the target of the most brutal terrorist groups, is being tested. I have no doubt that we will overcome terror, terrorist organizations, and terrorist attacks.

The attack "shows that terrorism strikes with no regard to faith and values. Turkey has the power, determination and capacity to continue the fight against terrorism until the end.

I believe that we will leave behind this current situation which is to the detriment of both countries and rapidly normalise our relations.

For the peace of the region, I believe in the importance of an effort to improve strategic relations that we have built with this close neighbor.

He had written to Putin expressing his "regrets" over the incident and reminding the Russian leader of the "potential for regional cooperation. I believe that we will leave behind this current situation which is to the detriment of both countries and rapidly normalize our relations.

I share their pain with all my heart. We are ready to take any incentive to help ease the pain and the burden of inflicted damage.

You don't keep your promises, this is your ugly side. When Erdogan reveals your ugly side, you get angry.

One of the areas where we need to be courageous is Taksim Gezi Park … If we are going to reclaim our history, there was a historical building there, we will rebuild it.

Whether it will be a history museum or a city museum, we need to do this.

We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach. Nobody can interfere in God's work.

A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually denying her femininity.

Do we have a so-called Armenian 'genocide' problem? We have no such problem. We're comfortable on this issue. Germany is a country where over 3 million Turks live. If it (Germany) takes the bait (with this vote), of course this will damage the future of our bilateral diplomatic, economic, commercial, political and military relations.

I say this openly: We will increase our descendants, we will increase out population. Family planning, birth control, no Muslim family can practice such an understanding. whatever our Lord says, whatever our beloved Prophet says, we shall follow that path.

Those who ask Turkey to change its laws on terror should first remove the terrorists' tents that were erected outside the EU parliament.

We have to work together to overcome the problems of terrorism and sectarianism and the related humanitarian crises that are shaking our region.

The more that we as Muslims, as Muslim countries, fall out with each other, the more the innocents who have put their hopes in us will be exposed to strife.

We will not forgive those who finance that bullet just like we do not forgive those who fire that bullet onto our people. At this point, every school, every cram school, every home of this organisation is a nest of terrorism. Every business, every charity, every association of this organisation is a terrorist organisation.

If you see us as your brothers too, then you are not far away from your country, you are just away from your houses. Turkey is your country too.

It is absolutely unacceptable to make all Muslims pay the price for the pain and horror" of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. There is terrorism in Brussels and Paris now, but let's not forget it is incomparable with the level of terrorism in Turkey.

We detained this guy, we deported him, sent him back but they didn't do what was necessary and released that terrorist. Now, you should account for it.

The bombs we have had in Ankara could easily go off in Brussels. Supporters of the PKK have been allowed to demonstrate outside the summit venue. The EU member states are behaving recklessly, as if they are dancing in a minefield.

Our state will never give up its right to self-defense against all kinds of terror threats.

When in Paris there is a similar event and five or six people die everyone runs there and asks what happened and who did it. We have a coup against democracy in Turkey, a coup that caused 238 people to be martyred.Sadly until now, no one came to visit us. Let them come and see the Turkish Parliament, they should have come. Let them see in the state it is in. Our Parliament was bombarded and where was everyone?

Personally, although they had facets I did not agree with, I helped them, thinking we agreed on basic common points.

I can only remain silent over the decision the Constitutional Court made. But I don't have to accept it, let me be clear about that. I don't agree with the decision and I don't respect it.

When we look at where is being implemented, it is only one-third of Syria, not the entire country.

If this is a ceasefire that is up to the mercy of Russia, which has brutally attacked the moderate opposition and aligned with Assad under the pretext of fighting Islamic State, we fear that the fire pouring over innocent people will never stop.

But it's worrying to see that with this ceasefire Assad's regime, responsible for the killing of more than a half million people, and the powers who are backing him, receive open support while a hesitant tone is taken towards the opposition.

I told Obama months ago that the US was supplying weapons. Three plane loads arrived, half of them ended up in the hands of ISIL.

Those who head the PYD and PKK say this has no connection with them, but based on the information obtained by our interior minister and our intelligence agencies, it has been identified that this was done by them.

There is a chance the new wave of refugees will reach 600,000 if air strikes continue. We are making preparations for it.

How can we trust you? Is it me that is your partner or is it the terrorists in Kobani?

Right now, people [the United States] say they [YPG militants]crossed east of the Euphrates river. We tell them: 'No, they haven't'. We will not believe that YPG or PYD [political party] crossed to the east of the Euphrates by listening to someone's statements in the United States or anywhere else.

Does the West support terrorism or not? Does the West side with democracy or the coup d'etat? Unfortunately the west is supporting terrorism and is on the side of the putsch.

What kind of alliance do we have if, when I ask you to extradite a person that is involved in a national security case, you continue to hide them in your country?

There are still people walking around calling Muslims terrorists. I am watching with bewilderment and astonishment that some candidates still defend this position in the current presidential election in America.

Unfortunately, we are in a period of rising intolerance and prejudice towards Muslims in the United States and the world.

There is terrorism in Brussels and Paris now, but let's not forget it is incomparable with the level of terrorism in Turkey.

Unfortunately, the promises made to the opposition were not met. The continued Russian bombing of opposition areas has especially created a significant problem for them.

It will "be forced to endure the consequences" if it continues to violate Turkey's airspace.

The agenda changes quickly in this age. If tourism is affected by this, it will be temporary. These things pass, but the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet mosque are eternal.

For us, there is no difference between the PKK, PYD, YPG, DHKP-C ... or whatever their abbreviation may be. One terrorist organisation is no different than the other.

Our armed forces will be much stronger with the latest decree we are preparing. Our force commanders will report to the defence minister. Our force commanders will be brought under the control of the minister, not the ministry.

In 2015, the number of terrorists who were neutralised during operations, both inside and outside the country, is three thousand one hundred. Our greatest source of sadness is the two hundred security officials who were martyred, as well as citizens who died in those events.

The latest developments in Syria are feeding the appetite of the terrorist organisation PKK against our national unity.

The fight against separatist terror organizations will continue until the end without hesitation.

Will we wait for an invitation from the Iraqi government to defend ourselves? We don't have that luxury. On the contrary, if the Iraqi government can't take measures to thwart terrorist attacks against our country then we have to take these measures.

This incident shows Turkey was right in its fight against terrorism. Our fight against terrorism will continue until the end.

Supporting state terrorism in Syria, which has claimed 380-thousand lives, is playing with fire. Striking opposition that is acknowledged as legitimate by the international community, with the pretense of striking ISIS, is playing with fire.

At this point, there are some threats –'joint projects may be halted, ties could be cut.' Are such approaches fitting for politicians?

If you are looking for who's responsible for providing weapons and financing Daesh then the first place you should look is the Assad regime itself and the countries supporting and acting with him.

Turkey does not support tensions, crisis or hostility. Turkey is always on the side of peace, diplomacy, and dialogue. We will continue to maintain this attitude.

Excuse me but I said: I do not respect the decision of an institution that does not respect the rights and interests of the people of this country. I hope the constitutional court will not act in such a way again that will leave its existence and legitimacy up for debate.

I am obliged to ensure that the state organs work in harmony and that the constitution is executed.

The national will manifested itself on November 1, in favour of stability. I hope it will be the best for our country. Let us be as one, be brothers and all be Turkey together.

The West and Europe's security and stability is contingent on our security and stability. They have accepted this now. In the talks held in Brussels last week they accepted all this. If it can't happen without , why don't you take into the EU?

I wouldn't have thought it possible that in the 21st century, a democratically elected president would link his criticism of democratically elected lawmakers in the German Bundestag to doubts about their Turkish descent and describe their blood as tainted.

Right now, we have 2.5 million refugees in our country. We've spent 7.8 billion dollars and received only 417 million from the international community. In the whole of Europe right now, there are 250,000 refugees and migrants.

We have not and will not leave the future of our people to the terrorists, to the members of an organisation of treason and its collaborators.

We will take our country to snap elections. The person tasked by me will form a caretaker government and cabinet with members of parliament and, if necessary, with members from outside parliament. And with this cabinet we will go to the polls. The date for the snap election is November 1. God willing, Turkey will go to the polls again.

Unfortunately, Turkey has not formed a new government yet. In this regard, we again need ask the will of the people to find the solution, (referring to elections). I am conducting this process according to the constitution and I will continue to do so.

We are in a different struggle from now on. We will do whatever is needed in this struggle. Our nation should trust their state.

Our state and government will take the necessary action against attacks of any kind. This is not just about recent events. We will take all the necessary precautions for our nation's peace and security. Last night was the beginning. We will continue in the same way.

We have to condemn terror no matter where it comes from. We always say there is no place in any religion, nation, or country for terror. Thus we always underline the need for an international fight against terror and still do.

The terrorists can choose two paths: they will either surrender and accept the ruling of the judiciary or they will be neutralised one by one in the holes in which they are trapped. There is no other way for them.

Demirel was a piece of living history. He served his country, he witnessed Turkey's good days and bad days. He never forgot his humble origins. We must honour this politician whose name became a trademark. He spoke the language of the people. Wherever I travel in the country, I can see his traces. He left many schools, community buildings and industrial complexes.

It is very interesting that a group here… I beg your pardon but my decency does not permit me to put it another way… turned their backs on me while making the victory sign.

The West, unfortunately, is still turning a blind eye to Sisi's coup.

Those countries that collaborate with the regime will account for it in history.

Everybody is focusing on Taksim square. If you insist on going there with 10,000 people and hold a rally, this is not a commemoration. This is creating chaos and we don't see good intentions here.

We are ready to cooperate to turn this century into a century of peace.

Should this be allowed? This has begun troubling us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. It is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this.

We will do this ourselves. We don't want a partner. If you find it appropriate, we want to do this.

We discussed (the situation of) the Tatars in Crimea in great detail. About this issue, Putin has said that his approach is positive and he is offering and willing to offer maximum rights to Crimean Tatars that they never had before.

In Syria, 300,000 people have been killed and seven million displaced. Refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and unfortunately this is being ignored. Nobody is talking seriously about the situation. There is state terrorism in this country.

Today global peace is facing serious threats. We plainly see the result of this in the Middle East. Unfortunately, despite this, the international system, while being shocked by the recent events, is failing to play its moderator and stabiliser role.

The issue of Kobani. Why Kobani? Why not other towns like Idlib, Hama or Homs, or why not even Deir al-Zor? Why not Iraq, 40 per cent of which is occupied right now?

The PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) is for us, the same as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party); it is also a terror organisation. It would be wrong for the United States – with whom we are friends and allies in NATO – to expect us to say 'Yes' to such support – supplying arms to a terrorist organisation. We can't say 'yes' to that.

Turkey does not determine its domestic and foreign policy based on the violent acts of terrorists and drifters. Those puppets and the leaders who pull their strings should be aware that Turkey won't be intimidated by street protests and change direction.

Both those layabouts, and the leaders who hold their strings in hand, should be aware that Turkey is not a country to be intimidated by street protests and change direction.

So far, we have banned 6,000 people from entering Turkey and we deported 1,000 people. The Government of the Turkish Republic did this. It is very wrong to direct such an accusation at Turkey. I am sorry to hear this.

There are three important steps that need to be taken. One of them is to launch and to maintain the security of a no-fly zone. Secondly, a secure buffer zone should be established inside Syria. Thirdly, we need to arrange training and supplies with our partners for these projects.

As he will become Chairman of the party, in due course he will be the candidate to become prime minister of Turkey, although I'm jumping ahead a bit here, but it will be the current Foreign Affairs Minister, Ahmed Davutoglu.

Our target should be to acquire at least a majority to establish the new constitution. I don't believe that you will compromise on this.

Those who didn't vote for me won as much as those who did, those who don't like me won as much as those who do.

Twelve years ago, a fast train was nothing more than a dream … We are now a country which makes its dreams come true.

We'll introduce the new legislation this coming month. A widows pension will be available for the affected families as soon as possible.

Those who think this violent unrest is against my friends, our government, our political party and the people who voted for us, are making a big mistake. This violence is against the people of this country, against the freedom, the beliefs and the future of the people of this country.

They even leaked a national security meeting. This is villainous, this is dishonesty. Who are you serving by doing audio surveillance of such an important meeting?

You were supposed to be democrats, pro-freedom. These are charlatans, they have nothing to do with democracy, they do not believe in the ballot box. They are saying let's cause chaos and maybe we'll get a result. But my brothers in Ankara and Turkey will give the necessary answer on March 30 (in the local polls).

Lying is the opposition's business. It is what they are taught to do. They try to slander others and think they can irreversibly stain people's reputations. But I say, you cannot conceal the sun with dirt and filth.

We cannot accept an organisation like this one at the heart of the state and we will do all that is necessary to stop it. For us it is a question of survival.

International powers are behind this. Dissemination propaganda has been launched against us. There is a gang, a cabal organising within the state.

Let me be clear. If our nation tells us to leave, we'll go. There's no hesitation there. Because the people are the authority which we respect. But when the people are telling us to stay, we won't listen to someone who is telling us to go.

There are networks in the state that were used as tools in this trick. We are spoiling the game. In the same way that we disrupted the Gezi Park protests, now we will spoil this game too.

As we fight to establish Turkey in the top 10 countries of the world by 2023 there are some, who are engaged in an effort to halt our fast growth.

There is no by-law in parliament that prevents this and everyone must respect the decision taken by our sisters on this subject. They have been elected by the nation and are representatives of the nation in parliament.

I am very happy and proud because I am completing one of the foremost duties required of me. I am experiencing an inner peace because of this. This has nothing to do with investing in an election.

The old regulation included restrictions on women and men's appearances and this was a violation and discrimination against the freedom of religion and consciousness, it was discriminatory.

We are going to amend the regulation on employees' appearance in state offices and we are lifting the ban that bars women wearing head scarves. The regulation includes restrictions on women and men's appearances and this is a violation and discrimination against the freedom of religion and consciousness.

Last year, we made an amendment that paved the way for instruction in languages other than Turkish in state schools. Now it will be possible to instruct in languages other than Turkish in non-state schools.

Unless efficient steps are taken, the Syrian regime will be encouraged to commit new massacres and humanitarian tragedies. We are urging our allies to avoid such temporary steps and tell them this will cause grave problems.

Once, my daughter asked me to spend one night at home with her but I was working hard and could not spare time for her…I saw my own children in al-Baltagy's letter.

This small-scoped social action in Turkey was not read correctly so it was likened to social actions in North Africa and the Middle East. Some who pretended to be friends have showed how insincere and how artificial they were immediately.

The judiciary process is underway. There is no point in staying there Gezi Park. I said this before, I don't know what will be the verdict but if the verdict will be in favour of us, there will be a referendum in Istanbul.

I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country's security forces know how to evacuate it.

Nobody can invade the park. Therefore we have been patient till now but now patience is running out. This is my final warning. I am calling on mothers and fathers, please do something about your children.

You will give the answer in the elections to those who promoted fake news in the country and in the world, because there are some people who do not want Turkey to grow, or be strong.

The events in Turkey have nothing to do with cutting trees or refurbishing a park. Those who lost at the elections were behind them and have used various means.

Believe me our intelligence services are working on this and other issues. But there is no need to declare the names of who they may or may not be. However we will talk with those responsible and if needed we will have a reckoning with them. We are determined on this path.

They've been removing paving stones and breaking shop windows. Is this democracy?

Despite provocations by illegal organisations, despite the damage done to local shops, despite attacks with stones and petrol bombs, the police retain the authority vested in them.

There is a trend of Islamophopia at the moment – this is wrong and based on misconceptions. We would like to promote the friendship of Islam and to show why Islamophobia is so wrong.

All these attacks are against prosperity and peace in our country. As we have said since the beginning, we have to fight against terrorism together all over the world.

Once again ahead of elections in Israel, Gaza has become a target. Innocent civilians and innocent children are being killed viciously based on unsatisfactory, made-up excuses. Calling these illegitimate attacks self-defence is to encourage Israel to carry out further massacres.

It's high time to consider a structural change for international institutions, especially the UN Security Council. each day it becomes more and more difficult for international institutions with unjust, unequal and inactive mechanisms, to function and fulfil their duty.

You must be ready for war at any time, if you are not ready, you are not a state or a nation. As our forefathers said, if you want peace, prepare for war.

Russia stands by the massacre in Syria, it's hardly raising its voice. I've liaised with Russian authorities and told them they shouldn't stand by Syria, but now that Russia stands by them China stands by them as well.

Of course, Turkey will not fall into the trap of warmongers and provocateurs, don't worry. But we are not a country that will remain silent and sit idly by in the face of an attack against our plane in international waters.

Turkey's friendship is priceless and important and everyone must know that Turkish anger can be even stronger than friendship.

I have no clear facts about the wellbeing of our pilots at the moment, but four of our military speedboats and helicopters as well as a Syrian rescue team are searching the area.

Assad always accuses international influences. When there's a massacre on Syrian territory he consistently says that the killings have foreign-backed roots. Assad says the last election showed some results and represented the feelings of the Syrian people, but he is wrong. Everyone knows it was not fair. Opposition parties did not take part.

Patience has its limits and I believe that there is also a limit to the patience of the UN Security Council. To carry out this kind of murder in front of the whole world while United Nations observers are carrying out their mission there is simply mocking and defying the world.

The Damascus or Baghdad offer is a waste of time, because Iran knows the others won't come. They'll say 'We proposed Damascus or Baghdad.' But we have to be honest. The Iranians are continually losing their international prestige because of the lack of honesty. This is not the language of diplomacy.

I strongly condemn the brutal attack which targeted police officers at Sütlüce in Istanbul. Those who committed this attack will never achieve their goal. They won't be able to harm the unity of the people of this country. Our struggle against terrorism will continue with the utmost determination.

One cannot stand by and watch the confessional conflict in Iraq and do nothing. If one does not react against a fratricidal conflict one is guilty of involvement.

The vote in the Senate and the bill itself is openly discriminatory and racist and a massacre of freedom of thought in an effort to win votes by playing on anti-Turkish sentiment.

We will outline our response according to the evolution of events and keep our people informed. We believe that our French friends and the French people as a whole should be more aware of this increasing discrimination and let the French people decide the fate of Sarkozy and his supporters.

Turkey has to take on a leadership role because a sectarian war in that country could cause a problem for Turkey as well. The current situation poses a major threat to our security.

The French president visits Armenia and from there makes biased recommendations to Turkey, using the question for electoral ends.

The preposterous step Sarkozy is taking to win votes will harm relations between Turkey and France.

Those who want to recognise genocide should take a look at their own dirty and bloody history. If the French National Assembly wants to take an interest in history, let it go to the trouble of highlighting and looking at what happened in Africa, in Rwanda and Algeria.

If you want to see someone who fought against his own people until his death, check Nazi Germany, check Hitler, check Mussolini, check Romania's Ceaucescu. If you don't learn lessons from these, then look at the Libyan leader who was killed after pointing guns at his own people and using the same expressions as you.

Before there is more bloodshed, before there is more torture, for the sake of your own people's, country and region, give up your power, step down from your leadership.

If you believe in yourself you call for elections and if those ballot boxes take you to power, then you can rule that country. But you can remain in power with tanks and cannons only up to a certain point.

Syria may not be attracting attention as much as Libya because it does not have enough oil. But I want to stress that those killed in Syria are as human as those killed in Libya.

I want to remind him that the future cannot be built on the blood of the oppressed; history will mark these leaders as the leaders who feed on blood.

They are not survivors. They are provocateurs trying to sabotage the ongoing relief operation.

The target of our process of full EU membership isn't only the economic benefits but also beyond that political and social relationships are in question. These are at the heart of everything, and a wide framework is needed. Because in the union, such a cooperation with all these countries will strengthen the union and also us.

Greek Cyprus is acting provocatively by drilling, and the institutions whose mission is to protect peace remain silent. Is this the way to solve problems? No, they can't be solved this way. Many international issues are in deadlock. All the countries have to recognise that now.

We are also currently taking this step with Northern Cyprus and it could start in a very short time, possibly this week. We will initiate these works in our exclusive economic region.

We have made moves internationally for the removal of the United Nations sanctions against the old regime and for Libyan assets abroad, which belong to the people of Libya, to be used for the benefit of the Libyan people.

A visit to Gaza is not planned at the moment, but frankly I'm yearning for such a visit. I really would like to visit Gaza as soon as possible.

You have a very strong voice. I feel that you perhaps feel a bit guilty and that is why perhaps you have been so strong in your words, so loud. Well, you killed people.

We have downgraded diplomatic relations with Israel to the second secretary level. We have also suspended trade, military and defence industry relations, and different sanctions are to come.

We hope that in the coming 10 or 15 days Syria will take the necessary steps to establish reform.

Whatever happens in Syria is our internal affair.

Everyone should know the existing window of opportunity on Cyprus will not always remain open. We hope that all the efforts that have been made (for a solution) will not be wasted. We hope we are not just spinning our wheels.

We are excited to gain one of every two votes in Turkey. We are excited to achieve a rare success in our democratic history by winning a mandate from our citizens for third term in office.

The UN Security Council could get involved and it is already preparing a case against the regime. After all that has happened, Turkey can no longer defend Syria.

At this point it is out of the question for Turkey to close its doors to refugees coming from Syria. The recent developments are very sad.

Future, liberty, stability, peace and justice can't be built on blood, so we wish the Libyan leader pulls out immediately and steps down for himself and the future of his country.

Istanbul, from now on, will be a city which has two seas. With this project, there will be two peninsulas and one island in Istanbul.

Of course the ongoing situation is quite disturbing for us. Our envoy will convey our stance. We hope that these problems will be resolved as soon as possible but we don't want an undemocratic approach.

The purpose of this process should be to secure a constitutional democracy in which people will choose their own leaders with their free will.

We want these measures to be implemented with action and not just words. I have encouraged him (the president) to make a public statement and unveil these reforms himself.

Gaddafi is contradicting himself. He said he does not have an official position. If he does not have an official position then he should hand Libya over to whoever does have legitimacy.

Listen to the people's shouts and their very humanist demands. Without hesitation, you have to meet this demand for change which is coming from the people. Work towards peace, security and stability in Egypt.

I have no secret agenda. I am explicit in everything I say. If the reality among the Europeans is 'We don't want Turkey among us,' then they should say it clearly. I will accept it, with pleasure!

The report was ordered. Did you think a report that was written in their country would have worth?

I'm not aware of this latest incident, but the restrictions to Israeli military flights do apply.

I want to say very clearly that the assault that Israel has carried out, whatever the reason, is an act of state terrorism that is totally against international law.

I'm going there because I've heard a clause will be added to the proposal which says the fuel swap will take place in Turkey. Otherwise our foreign minister would have stayed there for the talks.

Whoever is elected as President, he should be determined to continue this process. This is a decision taken by Turkey as a guarantor of power. It is necessary to continue this process with Eroglu.

Arab nations can't accept any Israeli violation in Jerusalem or in Muslim sites.

This subject should be left to the historians.

The fact that the issue is used as a threat by different countries, I find that unjust and incomprehensible.

It is starting its Turkish broadcasting today as the ninth language. From now on it will address the world in Turkish too.

We will overcome these problems as long as our nation is united and in solidarity.

In my opinion it would be more correct to describe Nabucco and South Stream as parallel rather than alternatives to each other. Furthermore, neither will be sufficient for Europe's needs in the near future.

My answer is clear: in the European Union there is no such type of association (for a candidate); for us it is out of the question. We want to be a part of the European Union. We continue to work for that. Outside full adhesion there are no other possibilities.

Efforts to normalise relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and efforts to normalise relations between Turkey and Armenia are moving forward together.

We will look seriously at the results, and the government will learn the necessary lesson.

Accession to the EU is a top priority for Turkey and I hope this will be a very different year for us with the Czech and Swedish presidencies. I hope there will be a leap.

I don't accept the campaign that they have started and I don't support it. I cannot be part of it. I have not committed a crime. Why should I apologise?

We will be successful if we stand together against terror, as we push the terrorists to the sidelines.

Any military strike would only target the rebels.

The AK Party is stronger than ever. Thank you for your trust.

We will continue to work with determination to realise one of the fundamental ideas of this republic and that is EU membership.

The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.

I will withdraw from politics if we can't come to power alone. Hold on, hold on, why are you disturbed?

We hope we'll hear no more declarations of the sort Mister Sarkozy made during his campaign.

Turkey has nothing to lose. The loser in this would be the EU.

Let's sit down and discuss this. We have to forge a consensus.

Our grief is great for the victims of this terror, especially as our children have been the victims.

We are aware of our historic and humanitarian responsibilities in the area and it is for that reason that we have taken the requests of Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora and Secretary-General Annan into consideration.

To begin with, we must respect each other's sensitivities. Yes to criticism, no to insult. Incitement to hatred breeds violence.

A common decision was taken, in favour of the alliance of civilisations. Turkey has taken another giant step that is in line with its historic walk.

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