Turkey accuses Dutch PM of discrimination

1 11 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Turkey’s government accuses Prime Minister Mark Rutte of discriminating Turks in the Netherlands for opposing cabinet ministers with a dual Dutch-Turkish nationality.

In an interview with the newspaper De Volkskrant, Turkish minister Faruk Çelik criticises Prime Minister Rutte for remarks he made during the parliamentary debate on the government policy statement earlier this week. During the debate, the conservative liberal leader said he was not concerned by the Dutch-Swedish nationality of Deputy Health Minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Santen-Hyllner but did have a problem with the Turkish-Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch nationalities of two deputy ministers in the previous government.

The prime minister argued they are different cases. He claimed Turkey and Morocco “influence their citizens”, which could lead to conflicting loyalties, whereas Sweden, a member of the European Union, does not.

Wilders no-confidence motion
The controversy has erupted due to objections to the deputy minister’s dual nationality by PVV leader Geert Wilders. Three years ago, the anti-Islam MP called for a no-confidence motion against two Labour deputies holding a Moroccan and a Turkish passport as well as a Dutch one. On that occasion, though the VVD parliamentary party did not back the no-confidence vote, Mr Rutte, then an MP, supported Mr Wilders’ concerns. The current minority coalition, comprising the liberal VVD and the Christian Democrats, has a parliamentary majority thanks to a support agreement with the PVV.

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3 11 2010
Ravi Ranjan Singh

Does Turk PM believes that Christians, Jews and other humans get fair treatment in Turkey by law or ideology they subscribe to.
Do Turk Muslims get fair treatment in Saudi?
If he believes in fair treatment to Kafirs he is worth being stoned to death by virtue of ideology of his cult of peace.

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