|Turkish Minister urges for China
apology after harassment at airport
diplomatic scandal emerged at Urumqi Airport as Chinese
police harassed Turkish Minister who were on official
visit in the country to mend ties
|Wednesday, 02 September 2009
A diplomatic scandal emerged at Urumqi Airport as
Chinese police harassed Turkish Minister who were on
official visit in the country to mend ties
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan, who has red,
green and grey passport, was forced to comply the same
procedures with other passengers at Urumqi Airport on
the last day of his official visit to China.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan called killings
"genocide" during the Chinese crackdown.
He said: "The incidents in China are, simply put, a
genocide. There's no point in interpreting this
Zafer Caglayan is in China as the special representative
of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is
the first Turkish minister visiting China after the
killings of Uyghurs in East Turkistan. Turkish State
Minister Zafer Caglayan, who met Wen on Erdogan's
behalf, extended an olive branch, according to China's
Anadolu news agency quoted Chinese Primer Wen Jiabao as
saying he was "pleased" with Caglayan's visit to his
country as a special envoy of Erdogan, adding that
Caglayan's visit was "a sign of importance."
According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Chinese police
tried to body-search Minister Caglayan and the Turkish
committe that was about to leave Urumqi to go Ashkabat.
Even Chinese foreign office representatives could not
prevent the police's intervention. Then Caglayan left
the passport control point with Turkish ambassador to
China Murat Esenli. After some discussions, Caglayan
came back to the passport area, but security guards
attempted to search Turkish minister once more.
Caglayan's guards had a row with Chinese security for a
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan was seen very
nervous as he sat in the airport waiting room, he asked
Turkish ambassador Esenli to send a diplomatic note to
Chinese foreign office and a letter to condemn the
Caglayan said, "Unless Chinese side apologizes for this
disrespect act, I will call off the meeting of Joint
Economic Committee scheduled for this month."
Uyghur demonstrators took the streets in Urumqi on July
5 to protest against Han Chinese attacks on Uyghurs
workers at a factory in south China in June which left
two Uyghurs dead. Hans in Urumqi sought bloody revenge
two days later.
China officially raised the death toll to 197 in police
crackdown, but accepted to kill only 12 Uighurs.
A video appeared showing Chinese lynchings that sparked
Uyghur protests. Exiled Uyghur leaders said the protests
were peaceful until security forces overreacted with