‘Laden, the reason people associate Islam and terrorism’

Osama bin Laden was the biggest reason people associated Islam with terrorism said Turkish State Minister.

Updated: May 06, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

Ankara: Osama bin Laden was the biggest
reason people associated Islam with terrorism said Turkish
State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU Egemen Bagis.

He was the first reason which caused people to associate
terrorism with Islam which carries the meaning of peace, added
Bagis who spoke at private Samanyolu Haber channel on
yesterday.

Noting that he had been in New York during September 11
attack and he would never forget the expression on people`s
faces, Bagis said that September 11 attack caused a big trauma
in the United States.

Also commenting on Turkey`s EU membership process, Bagis
said that more than 70 per cent of Turkish people believed the
EU process was for the interest of Turkey however a large part
of the people did not think Turkey would be able to join the
Union.

Double standards of Europe and negative statements of
European leaders caused a big disappointment on Turkish
people, and they would no longer attach importance to this
issue, added Bagis.

PTI