FM: Searches of Turks in German, Austrian airports despicable

DAILY SABAH
ANKARA
Published 27.10.2017 20:01

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has condemned the recent harassment of Turkish passengers in some airports in Austria and Germany, calling the practice despicable.

"Security measures should not disgrace people's honor," Çavuşoğlu said on Friday, commenting on the recent incidents in which Turkish passengers were searched by dogs at airports in Germany and Austria.

He said countries can take necessary security measures, but searching Turkish passengers with dogs is a "despicable" method.

As some Turkish passengers were subjected to searches by police dogs at Vienna International Airport, the incident was condemned on Oct. 19 by the Foreign Ministry. The ministry said in a written statement that "the Turkish Embassy in Vienna drew attention to the inconvenient control of people in the footage and demanded that the Austrian authorities, particularly customs officers, be warned."

About the search of Turkish passengers in Austria's Schwechat Airport on Oct. 13, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on the same day: "They search my citizens coming from the West to Turkey with dogs. How can such a disgrace happen?"

He urged European leaders to use their "common sense" when dealing with Turkey.

Meanwhile, passengers en route to Vienna were searched by police dogs at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Oct. 20 in retaliation to the harassment of Turkish passengers in Austria's Schwechat Airport.

In retaliation to the harassment of Turkish passengers, who were searched by police dogs at Munich Airport, the luggage of German passengers was searched by sniffer dogs at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Oct. 25. Police conducted searches with dogs on the luggage of a number of passengers from Germany as a part of an anti-narcotics measure.

Luggage were searched by narcotics dogs after passengers passed through passport control at the airport's international arrivals terminal. Following the search by narcotics dogs, the passengers were allowed to enter Turkey.

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