Turkish diplomat 'on leave' after storm over anti-German remarks

16th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

According to press reports, Kivanc allegedly said that if Germans had the chance, they would tattoo the letter "T" on the forehead of every Turk, like the yellow badge Nazis forced Jews to wear.

Ankara -- A Turkish consul in Germany, who caused a storm with alleged anti-German remarks, has gone on leave, the Turkish foreign ministry said Friday, rejecting claims that Ankara withdrew him.

"The reports do not reflect the truth. Our consul-general in Düsseldorf, Hakan Kivanc, is currently on leave," the ministry said in a brief statement.

There was an uproar in Germany and even among the Turkish community there, over comments that Kivanc allegedly made in private in a meeting with non-governmental organizations in February.

According to press reports, Kivanc allegedly said that if Germans had the chance, they would tattoo the letter "T" on the forehead of every Turk, like the yellow badge Nazis forced Jews to wear.

He also reportedly said if one cut open a German, the spilled blood would be brown, a colour that is associated with Nazis.

A Turkish diplomatic source said Kivanc would return to his job in Düsseldorf once he returns from leave, but did not say how long the diplomat would be away.

The Turkish media reported that Kivanc had gone on leave on Monday.

AFP/Expatica

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