Thursday, 9 June 2011

Austrian Foreign Minister Says Turkey Is Lying

In a newspaper interview, the Austrian foreign minister, Michael Spindelegger, says that he had a gentleman's agreement with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, that neither country would veto the other's candidate for the Secretary-Generalship of the OSCE and that therefore he was extremely surprised when Turkey did so. He also said that the Turkish president Abdullah Gül, while on a state visit to Austria a few weeks ago, explicitly promised that Turkey would not block the Austrian candidate. Moreover, according to Spindelegger, this promise was made in front of witnesses, including Spindelegger's wife and Cardinal Schönborn. "I ask myself how foreign policy can be conducted when promises that are made are not kept. That is unprofessional." The Turkish government denies that these promises were made.

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