Qa-10, 27 February 2017, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding The Remarks Of Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister For Europe, Integration And Foreign Affairs Of Austria , 27.02.2017
The statement by the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign
Affairs Sebastian Kurz, that the campaigning in Austria of President
Erdoğan in the process leading up to the referendum to be held in Turkey on
16 April 2017 is unwelcome , contradicts with the universal principles of
democracy to which Austria adheres to. Furthermore, it represents yet
another example of his approach based on prejudices and double standards.
We can accept neither this irresponsible statement which crosses the line
nor the distorted mentality behind it.
Participation of the Turkish citizens that live abroad, in the election
processes in Turkey is a requisite for democracy. This process has nothing
to do with the internal politics of Austria. Contrary to the claims of
Foreign Minister Kurz, what is harmful to the integration efforts is this
discriminating and excluding approach aiming to deny the democratic rights
of the Turkish citizens. Furthermore, the fact that these statements of
pure misjudgments are coming from a Minister who is also responsible for
integration matters is equally unfortunate and worrisome.
It is obvious that Minister Kurz, whose racist stance and Islamophobia
exceeds even radical parties, is striving again to create an agenda at the
expense of our country for his personal political ambitions.
Nevertheless, despite these irresponsible statements, we hope that
universal values and common sense will prevail in Austria’s political
culture. In this regard, we consider the statement of Chancellor Christian
Kern which acknowledges the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully as
a constructive approach.