Turkey will ‘open up border gates’ if EU goes further: Erdoğan

AA photo26/11/2016 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Turkey will open up its border gates and let refugees stream toward Europe “if the EU goes further,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened in the wake of a European Parliament vote on Nov. 24 to temporarily freeze accession talks with Ankara. “Some 30-40 votes for ‘no’ and 400-500 votes for ‘yes.’ What would happen if all of you voted ‘yes?’ You never treated humanity honestly and you did not look after people fairly. You did not pick up babies when they washed ashore on the Mediterranean. We are the ones who are feeding around 3.5 million refugees in this country,” Erdoğan said.  “You did not keep your promises. When 50,000 refugees turned up at the Kapıkule [border gate] you cried out and began to say ‘What will we do when Turkey opens the border gates?’ Look, if you go further, those border gates will be opened. You should know that,” he said.  Noting that threats against people would not work, Erdoğan invoked his oft-repeated refrain that the “world is bigger than five,” referring to the U.N. Security Council’s permanent members…




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