Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Istanbul will never become Constantinople - Erdogan Turkey 15:57

Istanbul will never become Constantinople - Erdogan Turkey 15:57

An interfaith vigil will be held at the Paola mosque on Wednesday to honour the victims of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand.

"We expect the New Zealand government to take this issue seriously", he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a campaign rally by his Justice and Development Party and Nationalist Movement Party in Izmir, Turkey, on Sunday.

He also drew links between Kilicdaroglu and right-wing Australian politician Fraser Anning, who sparked an outcry when he blamed the New Zealand attacks on Muslim immigration.

"We are very clear that the terrorist attack in Christchurch, committed by a person who is not a New Zealander, is utterly contrary to our core beliefs", Peters said.

"This isn't an individual act, this is organised".

He also warned the West that "you will not make Istanbul Constantinople" - the original name of the city before it was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

"First and foremost, it will be an opportunity to mark our appreciation for the sympathy and support of Indonesia and other countries in the region and update them on how this country is responding", Peters said. "If you come as well like your grandfathers, be sure that you will be gone like your grandfathers".

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New Zealand's police chief said on Monday that they are certain there was only one attacker involved in the mass shooting in Christchurch last week.

Erdogan screened the footage at televised rallies in Istanbul and Tekirdag despite the authorities in New Zealand calling for a halt to the videos being shared, as well as an attempt by Facebook and Youtube to delete the videos circulating.

The video prompted widespread condemnation.

Turkey's main opposition party has also criticized Erdogan for showing the clip "for the sake of (winning) three or five votes" at the elections.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay (left 2) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (left 3) attend an inter-delegations meeting with New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters (right 2) in Christchurch in New Zealand on March 17, 2019.

Peters said he told Turkish officials "that anything of that nature that misrepresents this country - given that this was a non-New Zealand citizen - imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair".

But Mr Erdogan has continued to air the video and share an extract from the shooter's manifesto during his speeches.

He has cast the local elections as a "matter of survival" in the face of threats including Kurdish militants, Islamophobia and incidents such as the New Zealand shootings.

Turkey is already probing to establish Tarrant's movements in Turkey during his stay between March 17-20 and September 13 to October 25 in 2016, a senior Turkish official tells TRT World.

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