14 September 2012Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that an insult on the high values of Islam and Holy Prophet Muhammad could not be branded freedom of expression or beliefs.
Speaking to reporters in Yalta city of Ukraine, Erdogan stressed that insults on religions, prophets and sacred values of humans could not be viewed as freedom of ideas or criticism.
The film against Islam was an open provocation and was shot with enmity, Erdogan underlined.
"I want to remind the Muslims of the world one more time. The film was a serious provocation and highly serious instigation. Those who have resorted to violence after the instigation have provocation against the Muslims," Erdogan also said.
Prime Minister Erdogan's comments came after an anti-Islamic movie "Innocence of Muslims" sparked global protests and outrage in the Muslim world.
Erdogan added, "We are observing that Europe wide there are rising extreme rightist moves and racism targets Muslims this time, we are worried that this will rise in Europe."
Turkish PM Erdogan also stressed his point of view about the global values and racism and said that people should continue living in "multifariousness and unity" and stated that in order to achieve this, the discrimination of culture, religious and ethnicity should be rejected.
Later on, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan came together with his counterpart Prime Minister of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anatoiy Mogilyov. Their meeting was held closed to press. After the meeting, the press was let in for taking photos.
Erdogan continues his talks in Crimea.