Turkey protests Austria over 'child sex' report at airport
Aug.15, Ankara: Turkey has summoned Austria's charge d'affaires to protest a news ticker at Vienna's airport that claimed Turkey allows sex with children under age 15, an official.
According to a Foreign Ministry official, the diplomat was called to the ministry on Saturday to complain about the "distorted" report. A ministry statement accused Austrian officials of encouraging news reports that "besmear" Turkey.
Turkey's Constitutional Court last month scrapped a penal code clause that defined all sexual acts against children as abuse, triggering concern among child rights advocates. Parliament has six month to enact a new law, the Associated Press reported.
The incident came at a time of heightened tensions between Turkey and Austria. Austrian officials have urged an end to Turkey's EU membership talks, while Turkey has called Austria the "capital of radical racism."
The Oslo Times International News Network