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NGO Team Visit

Dhaka not happy with Ankara

Dhaka has sharply reacted to Ankara over misuse of “on arrival visa” facilities by a NGO delegation, which visited Bangladesh from December 20 to 24 and reportedly advocated in favour of the accused under trial for war crimes.

The foreign ministry yesterday summoned the Turkish Ambassador in Bangladesh Mehmet Vakur Erkul and handed him a strong note of Dhaka's displeasure over the NGO team's visit, misuse of visa and advocacy for the war crimes accused.

According to official sources, a 14-member delegation comprising Turkish parliament members, political leaders and lawyers, arrived in Dhaka on December 20 without informing the government. And from their activities, it appeared to the government that they had come to campaign for the accused now being tried.

Acting Foreign Secretary Mustafa Kamal summoned the Turkish envoy to his office and wanted to know from him why the government was not given prior information about the visit of the Cansuyu Aid and Solidarity Association team.

The ambassador said he was asked by Ankara on December 20 to inform Bangladesh government about the NGO delegation's visit.

The team came here not to campaign for the accused, who are now undergoing trial at the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), the envoy said. Rather, they visited Bangladesh to know more about the country.

Dhaka, however, categorically informed the ambassador that it is concerned at the NGO delegation's visit and activities during its stay in Bangladesh, and it was not wise for Ankara to send the team by misusing the “on arrival visa” facility.

In its aid'e memoir (diplomatic letter) handed over to the envoy, Dhaka also said it was not wise for a friendly country to create confusion or problems. And it expects that Ankara will not repeat such incident in future.

Cansuyu Aid and Solidarity Association is headed by former state minister of Turkey Lutfu Esengun and the delegation was led by him.

During the five-day visit, the team members visited the ICT, met Law Minister Shafique Ahmed, Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rezvi, Supreme Court Bar Association President Joynal Abedin, Chief Prosecutor of ICT Ghulam Arief Tipoo, defence counsel Abdur Razzaq and Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra Sultana Kamal.

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Can't you act like that when the Indian Ambassador talks like this?

: rch

Turkey is a powerful country. It carries a lot of weight both in the Muslim world and in the Nato. Bangladesh FM should be extremely careful while dealing with internal politics to that of national issues.

: Jumana Sarwar


  • OpeeMonir
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 02:28 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Long hand of Jamaat and the miscreants of 1971 are spread around the globe and they have the capacity to build up a massive momentum in their campaign and they are desperate. In recent days media around Middle East made a substantial contribution towards that and often twisting our history of liberation war to that effect that when you read those articles one will be easily able to detect the black hands behind the scenes. It is our fault that we allowed them to flourish for such a long period since our liberation war in 1971.

  • Barkat
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 03:16 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    If the Tribunal is International than Turkey has every right to know about the ICT functioning. Turkey is a powerful International player. It keeps great strength with world's major power. It is a Nato member allied with west and have great influence in Arab world. Unnecessarily playing silly game with Turkey will not only back fire but also bring in lot of bad reputation for Bangladesh.

  • Khan
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 04:38 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Why are you so worried if you are doing fair justice? Does it mean justice is not fair?

  • Selma
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 04:43 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    I like to ask our government, do they know what NGO means? It means Non Government Organization, so do not blame our brotherly Turkish Government as it has nothing to do with any NGO. Also Turkish government is one of the best governments in the World.

  • Mofi
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 06:05 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    We would like to know more about this story. Why and how did the Embassy of Turkey in Bangladesh help these NGO workers? There remain many other questions. Please keep writing on this and help readers to know more about it.

  • Zahin Shahriyar
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 08:05 AM GMT+06:00 (163 weeks ago)

    Turkish President already sent an official letter to our President to stop the trial. So summoning their Ambassador may give the government a political mileage, but no result in the international arena. It's a diplomatic blunder. We should have kept mum.





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