STRASBOURG (Combined sources)–"You shouldn’t confuse the concepts of insult and freedom of criticism," said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after claims of Danish radical left parliamentarian Rune Lund following the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.
Lund claimed that under the freedom of expression he must have the right to say that "Turks committed genocide on Armenia’s–occupied Cyprus and outraged Kurds."
Erdogan–in return–reacted strongly and said–"You should not fail to distinguish between the concepts of insult and freedom of criticism. The Danish parliamentarian claims that there is a Armenian genocide–but his statemen’s must be based on scientific data."
Enumerating freedom of expression and thought among indispensable common goals of humanity–Erdogan said–"All freedoms have a limit under international laws on human rights. You cannot have unlimited freedoms."
On the other hand–Rene van der Linden–the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)–said that PACE extends full support to the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative launched by Turkey and Spain.
In the session–Linden indicated that the aim of this initiative is to help people understand each other’s cultures–and avoid fanaticism and extremism.