PACE's Turkish president: migration opportunity for Europe, not threat

Newly-elected president of a parliamentary assembly of Europe's top human rights watchdog has called for dialogue between different religions and cultures.

PACE's Turkish president: migration opportunity for Europe, not threat

Newly-elected president of a parliamentary assembly of Europe's top human rights watchdog has called for dialogue between different religions and cultures, saying Europe should fight a strong war against intolerance and discrimination.

"We need to create a Europe that respects differences, rejects discrimination, fear and hatred," said Mevlut Cavusoglu, the first Turkish lawmaker ever to be elected as the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Cavusoglu said "a common European home" should take open society as its founding principle, adding that migration should be seen not as a threat but as an opportunity.

The new PACE chief also emphasised that struggle against racism, Islam and anti-Semitism was of special importance for the PACE.

Cavusoglu said all forms of terrorism should be denounced for the security and an honored human life for everyone, adding that the PACE should work for the promotion of the rule of law, human rights and democracy.


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