“Some statements on media regarding the prohibition of abroad travels of the Municipality members of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is causing some misunderstandings among the public. I would like to clarify that I have no travel ban.
On grounds of the State of Emergency, the Government accepted a decree law on 14thNovember 2016 enforcing the Governors, District Governors and Mayors to acquire the permission of Interior Minister for their travels abroad.
As the Seferihisar Municipality, we made a petition for permission to the Ministry Interior explaning that we were invited by UNICEF to a meeting in Brussels for the Child Friendly Cities and will make a presentation to an international audience there on Children Municipality. However the Ministry didn’t grant us the permission to join this conference. “
The Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Numan Kurtulmuş made a statement on this issue such as:
“186 mayors from AK Parti, CHP, MHP and HDP applied for a permission to travel abroad, 170 of them haven’t been granted a permission. We consider the applications of all the mayors. There is no need twist the facts considering the delicate conditions as an opportunity.“