Qa-52, 22 June 2020, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The Interview Given By Federal Chancellor Of Austria To A Greek Newspaper

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 22.06.2020

Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, has made unfortunate statements to a Greek newspaper with regard to asylum-seekers immediately after the World Refugee Day. This country, which has closed off its borders to asylum-seekers since the beginning and even suggested building up a wall at the borders, acts against EU’s and humanity’s common values, main human rights conventions and 1951 Geneva Convention.

All EU member states and FRONTEX, to which Austrians also take part, are obliged to implement the aforementioned agreements and the EU law, to provide protection to asylum-seekers arriving at their borders, to refrain from push-backs and inhumane treatment towards them.

In fact, Austria’s position on asylum-seekers is no different at all from the stance of Greece, whose inhumane treatments towards asylum-seekers at our borders, is imprinted on memories.

We advise Federal Chancellor of Austria, to read carefully the statement of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Mijatovic, dated 19th June 2020.

“Protecting the human rights and dignity of refugees is not an option, but a moral and legal obligation that all member states have to uphold.”

Merve Safa Kavakcı Ambassador
Monday - Friday

09.00 - 12.30 / 14.00 - 18.00

Working Hours for Consular Section: 09:00-12:30
1/1/2020 1/1/2020 New Year's Day
1/27/2020 1/27/2020 Chinese New Year
2/8/2020 2/8/2020 Thaipusam
5/1/2020 5/1/2020 Labor Day
5/7/2020 5/7/2020 Wesak Day
5/11/2020 5/11/2020 Nuzul Al-Quran
5/25/2020 5/26/2020 Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
6/6/2020 6/6/2020 Birthday of DYMM SPG Yang Di-Pertuan Agong
7/31/2020 7/31/2020 Hari Raya Haji
8/20/2020 8/20/2020 Awal Muharam
8/31/2020 8/31/2020 National Day of Malaysia- Merdeka Day
9/16/2020 9/16/2020 Malaysia Day
10/29/2020 10/29/2020 Turkish National Day
10/29/2020 10/29/2020 Birthday of Prophet Mohammad
11/14/2020 11/14/2020 Deepavali
12/25/2020 12/25/2020 Christmas