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MPs: Consul General Hakan Kivanc “unsustainable”

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Originally, I didn’t blog about Hakan Kivanc, Turkey’s consul general in Düsseldorf. The evidence didn’t look pressing, and besides, I don’t want to leave the impression that I dislike the country.

But as far as evidence is concerned, two speakers for the CDU/CSU group in Germany’s federal parliament (Bundestag) now quote from two depositions which would support the evidence.

Consul general Kivanc met representatives of an initiative in support of the Mor Gabriel Monastery (aka Monastery of St. Gabriel), the spiritual center of Syriac-orthodox Christians in Turkey, in a dispute apparently about the land on which the monastery is located. According to the CDU/CSU press release, the depositions support allegations that Mr Kivanc said the following:

“The Germans, if they could, would tattoo a “T” onto everyone from Turkey and do to them what they previously did to the Jews, during the Nazi dicatatorship. We shouldn’t trust the Germans.”
“If you slit the Germans’ wrists, brown blood would emerge.”

The CDU/CSU believes that the accusations have become too manifest to sustain the consul general’s work in Germany and asks the foreign ministry in Berlin to issue a request for recall to Ankara.

The MPs also condemn pressure reportedly exerted by Turkish-nationalistic circles which intimidated members of the Mor Gabriel Monastery meeting, so that they didn’t dare to address the public themselves any more. The names of the two persons reportedly stating the depositions haven’t been made public.


Written by taide

May 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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  1. For the 3 million Turks living in Germany this question has become an embarressing situation. No matter what he said or did not said, his stay in Germany will serve to the benefits of neither Turks, nor Germans.

    Enes Hasman

    May 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  2. Thanks for commenting. I agree that it wouldn’t be helpful if he stayed on. Apparently, he has been suspended since Monday.
    The matter hasn’t been big news, and we will probably get no clear picture of what was really said. Interestingly, it wasn’t big news anyway. Those who take an interest in German-Turkish relations discussed it, and noone who I know was excited. Relations between Germany and Turkey are close, but not necessarily easy.


    May 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm

  3. […] attendees at the meeting where Kivanc alledgedly made his comments had testified against him with depositions; one filed a deposition in support of Mr Kivanc’s […]

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