New Zealand FM didn't mention shooting video to Erdogan

Kenny Grant
March 24, 2019

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair".

The OIC, in a statement, urged all countries to refrain from statements or policies that associate Islam with terror and extremism.

"Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus", New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters told the OIC meeting.

"Our police have started the largest investigation in our history", said Peters, who had earlier condemned Erdogan's airing of the footage as risking endangering New Zealanders overseas.

Erdogan's comments at a series of election campaign rallies - including calling on New Zealand to restore the death penalty and repeatedly showing video footage of the shootings that the alleged gunman had broadcast on Facebook - triggered a diplomatic dispute between the nations.

The statement comes after tensions between New Zealand and Turkey have flared.

"This person will face the full force of New Zealand law, and will spend the rest of his life in isolation in a New Zealand prison", Mr Peters said, adding later that "misinterpretations" in the days following the shooting had been cleared up following his meeting with Mr Erdogan and the OIC.

Peters told reporters he had not addressed these comments with Erdogan because he did not think it would serve a "long-term peaceful objective", adding that he had received assurances regarding the safety of New Zealanders visiting Turkey.


He praised the reaction and empathy shown by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The screening happened two hours after Foreign Minister Winston Peters said he understood such footage was no longer being shown.

The president said the suspect had visited Turkey twice and wanted Turkish Muslims removed from Turkey's European territory on the western side of the Bosphorus.

"I do not accept the excuses that have been offered for those comments", Morrison told reporters after he met with the Turkish ambassador.

Shortly after Peters spoke, Erdogan again showed footage from the massacre video at a political rally, with translated excepts from the killer s manifesto as well as images of a Turkish opposition leader.

Fears for the safety of Kiwis visiting Turkey for Anzac day commemorations after the Christchurch mosque attacks are unfounded, the Turkish embassy says.

The Muslim call to prayer rang out across New Zealand on Friday followed by two minutes of silence nationwide to mark a week since the attack.

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