Dutch FM expresses ‘pride’ for Turkish minorities, brushing off integration row

The Netherlands is proud of its Turkish-origin citizens, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has said at a meeting in Ankara, in the wake of escalated tension over the integration of Turkish and Muslim immigrants in the country.      

“We are proud of our 400,000 Turkish-Dutch citizens and their contributions to our society,” Koenders said at the 7th Annual Ambassadors’ Conference, held at the Presidential Palace in the late hours of Jan. 6.

He also said the Netherlands was “seriously investigating” incidents of racism, describing the notion as a “curse.”

“Racism is the curse of the international society and discrimination is unacceptable. I assure you, the Netherlands will take action for people who suffer from racism,” Koenders stated.

Last month, Turkish-Dutch relations were strained over Dutch politicians’ concerns over the Turkish community’s integration into local society and attempts to close a number of Turkish associations for being “too focused on promoting Turkish and Islamic identity.”

Officials in Turkey were also infuriated by a report stating that around 80 percent of young Turkish people in the Netherlands support jihadist movements… 

  • ontario john

    And of course according to Sun News Network, the cbc has stated it won’t show any of the offending cartoons regarding islam. But they did show a cartoon lampooning the Pope. How brave of the cbc.

    • Frau Katze

      All the media outlets are censoring the cartoons. Just bloggers are showing them.

      • Xavier

        The television stations here showed the policeman’s execution this morning but have edited the entire scene with the police out for the evening news.

        The entire traditional U.S. media protect Islam at all costs. Probably because their Messiah said so.

        • Frau Katze

          Always protect Islam. It’s become an industry standard.

  • Observer
    • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

      This afternoon I was thinking about drawing a picture of Mohamed and a six year old girl with a caption of Mohamed saying something like “you are perrrfect for my wife.” Or something as stupid as that.
      But this cartoon is perrrrfection.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The foreign minister has stuck his finger into one dike too many.

  • WalterBannon

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has said at a meeting in Ankara: “Heil Hitler, I am a Nazi Quisling, and we have vays of making you think correctly”

  • ontario john

    But if you want the important news today, you only have to go to the Toronto Star, where Heather Mallick tells us about how her father shot her bunny rabbit when she was a child.

    • Frau Katze

      She’s “venting” again?