Özdemir insists on travel warning for Turkey

Turkish flag, over dts
Turkish flag, over dts
The Green Party politician Cem Özdemir has warned the German government against giving in to Turkey's insistence that the travel warning be lifted.

"Corona travel warnings are not a bargaining chip in Germany for political deals - they serve health protection, and President Erdogan must understand that," said the former Green Chairman of the "editorial network Germany" (Thursday editions). "The travel warning for Turkey must be maintained as long as Turkey is identified as a risk area by the Robert Koch Institute," said Özdemir.

It is up to Turkey to change something: "Turkey has to prove that it is implementing adequate protective measures against the coronavirus," he said. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) would have to address the human rights situation in the country at their meeting planned for Thursday with representatives of the Turkish government in Berlin. “Basically, whenever the federal government meets with representatives of Ankara, it must campaign for the release of the political prisoners wrongly imprisoned there”, demanded Özdemir. He called it a scandal "that the NATO partner Turkey is ignoring a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights and opposition members like Osman Kavala are still Erdogan's personal prisoners," said the Green politician. The chairman of the Turkish community in Germany, Gökay Sofuoglu, on the other hand, reiterated his demand for easier travel for German Turks. “We expect the federal government to base its travel guidelines for Turkey solely on the local infection rate and not to use it as a means of political pressure. To do this, Turkey must provide transparent information on the spread of the virus, ”Sofuoglu told the RND. There is uncertainty in the German-Turkish community: “The pressure is great. We get a lot of inquiries from desperate citizens. ”The maintenance of the travel warning by the federal government does not seem conclusive to them in view of the easing for China, for example. “It seems reasonable to assume that the travel warning for Turkey is politically motivated,” said Sofuoglu.