Mayor’s Disclosure on Abroad Travels

“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.“