Turkish FM says Perwer can reclaim citizenship

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu apologized on Monday for Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer’s loss of citizenship, saying that he could reclaim it.

Turkish FM says Perwer can reclaim citizenship

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday apologized for Sivan Perwer’s loss of citizenship, and said Perwer can reclaim his Turkish citizenship.

“I apologize because of all the wrong policies, which kept him away from his country. He is a son of this land. It was wrong policies in the past, which kept him away. And now, Prime Minister of this country is welcoming him personally, and addressing him in his speech. Not only to him, but to Ahmet Kaya and others who died outside Turkey. Those days are over,” said Davutoglu while speaking at the Brookings Institute think tank in Washington.

He added, “Whatever we think, we will speak Sivan that he is our citizen. He lost his citizenship. His cassettes were burned or banned. I told him, whenever you want Turkish citizenship, you can, anytime implement, and you are… you have the same right like me in this country, not more, not less. Like me. I am minister, and you are an artist who had to leave this country, and who lost citizenship. But you have the same right like me, because you are a son of this country.”

Davutoglu said that he respects multilateral peace processes like Oslo, but he prefers to engage with Turkish citizens directly without third party involvement.

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 09:47
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