Qa-11, 8 March 2017, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding The Press Release Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Bulgaria

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 08.03.2017

The Republic of Turkey is among the founders of the "rule-based" European system referred to in the press release of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated 7 March 2017. It is rather revealing on the other hand, that this reference to the system of rules comes from a country which has passed a special law to limit the number of ballot boxes to be established in Turkey to 35 in order to deprive Bulgarian citizens of Turkish origin living in Turkey of using their right to vote, which is one of their most basic political rights. We call upon the Republic of Bulgaria to abandon such practices which are intended to restrict the political rights of minorities in the country and are fundamentally contrary to the European rule-based system.

Allegations such as the financial incentive purported in the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria definitely do not comply with the facts. Neither does Turkey interfere in the internal affairs of any state.

As it has been the case so far, the Republic of Turkey will continue to provide the most ideal conditions for all Bulgarian citizens in its territory to vote in the upcoming elections in Bulgaria.

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