Following my participation in a Council of Europe election observation delegation to Turkey, AKP supporters started a delegitimisation campaign against me and are attempting to discredit me as a PKK sympathiser. This method has also been used in recent months as justification for the mass arrests and dismissals in Turkey. Among others, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has made comments to this effect. And yet as a former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, he knows that the PKK is not considered a terrorist organisation by the Assembly.
The aim is transparent: they wish to present my statements on the disputed vote as unreliable and distract attention from the fact that the referendum on 16 April was held under undemocratic and unfair conditions, with electoral fraud possibly even responsible for the close result. Anyone who doubts my statements is welcome to ask Stefan Schennach of the Austrian SPÖ for information. He was also a Council of Europe election observer in eastern Turkey. The statement by the OSCE and the Council of Europe is also clear on the matter.