Turkey - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (19.10.17)

Q - Do you have any comment on the detention of Osman Kavala?

A - France is concerned by the detention of Osman Kavala, one of the most important and most respected figures of the Turkish cultural scene and civil society.

Like other European countries, France works regularly with Mr. Kavala, who is one of our Embassy’s regular interlocutors, and we will play close attention to developments in this case.

Respect for human rights and fundamental liberties, particularly the freedom of expression, within the framework of the rule of law, is vital to the exercise of democracy. It is the essential cornerstone of Turkey’s European and international commitments.

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