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Spokesman clarifies FE-le tweet on y-stanbul conference.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A spokesman for Stefan FE-le, the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement, has clarified a tweet FE-le posted after attending an ystanbul conference with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an, saying that the tweet, which indicated "disappointment," was in reference to the conference and not talks with Erdoy-an.

FE-le met with Erdoy-an at a conference on the EU, titled "Rethinking Global Challenges: Constructing a Common Future for Turkey and the EU" and organized by the Turkish EU Ministry last week, amid ongoing protests in ystanbul's Taksim Square. Following the conference, FE-le tweeted: "Disappointed by the lost opportunity at the #Istanbul conference to reach out to those calling for respect and inclusive dialogue; #gezipark." Speaking at the conference, FE-le criticized the Turkish police's harsh crackdown on protesters and underlined the necessity for a swift and transparent investigation.

Erdoy-an did not retract his earlier harsh rhetoric towards protestors and instead harshly criticized FE-le's tweet during a meeting where he addressed mayors of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Thursday, saying: "They have this guy in charge of enlargement. He cannot offer the slightest counterargument while with me, but afterward he tweets. Is this ethical?"

FE-le's spokesperson, Peter Stano told the yhlas news agency that FE-le's tweet said he was disappointed with the conference, not about his talks with Erdoy-an or Erdoy-an himself. "The commissioner FE-le [still] shares his earlier statement about the bilateral talks [with Erdoy-an] in which he said '[The talks] were very good, fruitful and useful', " Stano said.

When Stano was asked his view on Erdoy-an's remarks criticizing FE-le, the spokesperson said : "The tweet was totally about the conference. The commissioner, during his time in [Turkey], had the opportunity to convey all of the EU's arguments and counterarguments to [the Turkish side]."

FE-le's spokesperson also commented on Erdoy-an's rebuke of a European Parliament resolution on Turkey that criticized the government for its police crackdown on the protests -- Erdoy-an said on Thursday that he does not recognize the EP resolution. Stano said: "There are two things to be underlined. First, the European Parliament is a very important body of the EU which Turkey wants to be a part of. The second thing is that -- as FE-le has expressed before -- we, as Europe, are ready to take steps together with Turkey to move forward [in the EU accession process] and have to take these steps together. ...EU accession talks make up a strong and important part of modernization and democratization."

During his speech at the AKP mayors meeting, Erdoy-an expressed his displeasure with the leader of the Socialist group in the EP, Hannes Swoboda, accusing the Socialist politician of criticizing the Turkish government to make up for slamming Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kylycdaroy-lu, a few weeks ago. Swoboda refused to meet Kylycdaroy-lu in Brussels when the Republican People's Party (CHP) leader said the only difference between Erdoy-an and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in the "degree of authoritarianism."

After Erdoy-an's remarks targeting him, Swoboda expressed his reaction via his own Twitter account. He tweeted: "The reaction of Erdoy-an to [the] resolution of [the] EU Parliament shows, [sic] that he still does not know what Europe and its values mean!"

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Jun 14, 2013
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