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 , 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.