Den nye neder­landske stats­mi­nis­te­ren Mark Rutte har kom­men­tert Tyr­kias kon­troll med tyr­kere i andre land, på en måte som har falt Ankara tungt for brystet. Ankara liker ikke inte­gre­rings­reg­lene i Neder­land, og vil at tyr­kere skal for­bli tyr­kere uan­sett hvor de bor.

For­an­led­nin­gen var en ny stats­sek­re­tær Vel­d­hui­j­zen van Zan­ten som også har svensk stats­bor­ger­skap. Rutte sa ons­dag at dette ikke var noe pro­blem, men ville vært det om van Zan­ten hadde vært tyr­kisk. Det fikk den tyr­kiske stats­rå­den med ansvar for tyr­kere i utlan­det (sic) Faruk Celik til å pro­te­stere mot dis­kri­mi­ne­ring. Han mente Rutte ikke respek­terte frie valg. Nå er ikke van Zan­ten valgt, han er utnevnt.

Celik sa Tyr­kia hel­ler ikke liker inte­gre­rings­reg­lene i Neder­land, fordi de kre­ver for sterk inte­gre­ring. Den tyr­kiske regje­ring sier åpen­lyst at tyr­kere skal for­bli tyrkere,uansett hvil­ket land de bor i. Selv respek­te­rer de ikke mino­ri­te­ter som like­stilte på hjem­me­bane.

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Men den neder­landske regje­ring møter pro­ble­mer på hjem­me­bane. Dom­sto­ler i Rot­ter­dam og Roer­mond har kom­met til at inte­gre­rings­kra­vene bry­ter med assos­sie­rings­av­ta­len mel­lom EU og Tyr­kia. Regje­rin­gen har anket, og sier de vil be om at avta­len for­and­res, i til­felle de taper i siste omgang. Men en slik end­ring kre­ver sam­tykke fra Ankara, og det får neppe Neder­land, som kan være “stuck”.

ISTANBUL, 30/10/10 – The Tur­kish govern­ment con­si­ders that Pre­mier Mark Rutte has made “discri­mi­na­tory’ state­ments in the Lower House about Turks in the Nether­lands.
Rutte said Wed­nes­day in the debate on the govern­ment policy state­ment that the com­bined Dutch and Swedish natio­na­lity of State Secre­tary Vel­d­hui­j­zen van Zan­ten is no pro­blem, but that it would have been a point for debate if she had had a Tur­kish passport. The pre­mier said the dif­fe­rence lies in the fact that Tur­key exer­cises influ­ence on citizens abroad via its con­sti­tu­tion and Sweden does not.

Tur­kish Minis­ter Faruk Celik, respon­s­ible for Turks abroad, says he “can­not see how such a discri­mi­na­tory state­ment con­tri­butes to the inte­gra­tion of for­eig­ners in the Nether­lands.” The right to be elected is a fun­da­men­tal human right, accor­ding to the minis­ter, who appa­rently did not under­stand that Van Zan­ten has not been elected but appointed as a state secre­tary.

The Tur­kish govern­ment also con­si­ders that an end should be made to the Nether­lands inte­gra­tion require­ment for Turks. Ankara sees an unjust inf­ringe­ment of the rights of Turks in this require­ment.

Dist­rict courts in Rot­ter­dam and Roer­mond have found in favour of the Turks. The jud­ges ruled that the inte­gra­tion require­ment for Turks is in vio­la­tion of the associa­tion accord between Tur­key and the EU. The Dutch state has appea­led against these rulings.

If the state loses the appeal, the new cabi­net will try to get the treaty amended so that Turks do come under the inte­gra­tion require­ment again. But the Tur­kish govern­ment has alre­ady indi­cated now that it will oppose such an amend­ment of the treaty.

Accor­ding to lawyers, this oppo­sition will likely make the amend­ment impos­sible, because the unani­mous agreement of the treaty part­ners is neces­sary.

Tur­kish citizens are not requi­red to take the cour­ses, based on the treaty,” says Celik’s spo­kes­man. “We will hold the Nether­lands to this. (…) These people are and will always remain Turks.”

Accor­ding to the spo­kes­man, Ankara does sup­port the inte­gra­tion of Tur­kish immi­grants with Dutch society. “But Tur­key is against the immi­grants being com­pletely absor­bed by this society.”

Celik made a visit to the Nether­lands last week­end. He did not meet with Home Affairs Minis­ter Piet Hein Don­ner, but he did meet with Tur­kish lobby orga­ni­sa­tions and visited the Isla­mic Uni­ver­sity of Rot­ter­dam. ‘We are con­cerned about the growing xenop­ho­bia and Isla­mop­ho­bia in the Nether­lands’, said the spo­kes­man for Celik.

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