The Turkish authorities announced yesterday that three New Zealanders have been arrested at the border with Syria. They allegedly have links with the Islamic State (IS) and tried to enter Turkey.
One of the detainees is a 26-year-old woman with two children. She has been identified as a terrorist by Turkey and was of both New Zealand and Australian citizenship. Both countries were familiar with the woman’s story.
Australia allegedly revoked the woman’s Australian nationality last year, without the woman’s consent. She moved from New Zealand to Australia at the age of six and has never lived in New Zealand since.
The woman traveled to Syria with an Australian passport. According to Ardern, the Australian Prime Minister is thus ‘renouncing his responsibilities’. Because, says Ardern: “Any honest person would consider this person an Australian, and that’s my opinion.”
‘Not acting in good faith’
She also let Morrison know this personally, says Ardern. According to the prime minister, the two countries must consult each other if a terrorist has dual nationality. “You can imagine how I reacted when I heard this,” said the New Zealand Prime Minister. “It should not be a race who can be the first to take away someone’s nationality.”
New Zealand cannot take away her nationality from the woman, because then she would be stateless. This goes against international law. “Australia has not acted in good faith,” said the New Zealand prime minister.
According to the prime minister, the welfare of the children of the 26-year-old woman must come first. “These children were born in a conflict zone through no fault of their own,” Ardern said. “We will consult with the Turkish authorities. As children are involved, their well-being will be a top priority in our response.”
Importance of Australia
Morrison has said in a response that he does not regret the decision to revoke the woman’s nationality. “My job is to act in the interests of Australia,” he said.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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