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Turkish PM on xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism

InternationalTurkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated today (Monday) that xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, pre-conceived notions against certain religions and IDs, as well as followers of radical religious ideas always exist. \"These illnesses now include enmity towards Islam,\" stressed Erdogan.

Erdogan is in Warsaw to attend the Council of Europe (COE) Heads of State and Government Summit which started at the historical Royal Castle in Polish capital Warsaw.

\"The principles on which the COE has been built will be the ones who will guide us in finding solutions to global problems. The standards we have come up in the COE are the ones that can be looked upon as role model for other regions of the world,\" told Erdogan.

\"We were hoping to enjoy the positive signs of globalization, just after the end of the Cold War and until September 11 attacks took place. These incidents show how deadly international terrorism is,\" said Erdogan.

According to Erdogan, terrorism today kills innocent individuals and is taking place every where. \"Terror hits without making discrimination among regions, religions and ethnicity. The fight against terrorism requires strong international cooperation. Drug and human trafficking, corruption and environment have become global problems,\" commented Erdogan.

Prime Minister Erdogan expressed that, after September 11, certain circles began to define terrorism within the boundaries of a certain religion and culture. \"I want to emphasize the point that terrorism has no religion, culture, ethnicity or nationality. There is no religion on earth that tolerates killing individuals. September 11 resulted in wrong evaluations. I am pleased to see that logic has won the battle against terrorism and further gap between civilizations avoided,\" remarked Erdogan.

\"The COE brings together all European countries within the framework of common democratic values and could be the best platform to do away with pre-conceived notions and intolerance,\" noted Erdogan.

Erdogan mentioned that the UN, UNESCO, OIC, OSCE and the EU must work together to increase dialog between cultures and religions. \"We realize that Turkey, as a country which spans on two continents (Asia and Europe), has a special obligation to serve as a bridge between cultures and religions and enhance dialog,\" said Erdogan.

Erdogan stated that, in the past two years, comprehensive reforms have been made in Turkey in the areas of personal freedoms and transparency. \"We are aware of the fact that there is still a lot that Turkey must do. Our experiences show that, a country with a pre-dominantly Muslim population, can reach global standards of democracy by staying loyal to its traditions and moral values. The concepts of justice, equality, accountability, consultations, respect for individual and moral values are all concepts present in hundreds of years of Turkish culture,\" added Erdogan.

Erdogan had a chance to talk to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Polish Premier Marek Belka, South Cyprus Greek administration leader Tassos Papadopoulos, Luxembourg\'s Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Michel Barnier, Bulgarian Prime Minister Georgi Purvanov, COE Parliamentary Council Chairman Rene Van Der Linden and COE Secretary General Terry Davis.

Turkish sources said that Erdogan did not meet the Armenian President Robert Kocharian.

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