U.S. diplomat knows more about minaret ban than a the Swiss Parliament (thanks to Vlad Tepes)
Disturbing conclusions from the U.S.: A senior government official has made astounding statements about the ban on minarets in Switzerland. Before the assembled world press, he explained clearly that the Federal Council was working to overturn the result of the referendum. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA), according to the “Sonntag” newspaper, reacts with surprise.
In his statement as the head of the Human Rights Division in the U.S. State Department, Michael Posner, told the media the following on Wednesday, when the conversation turned to alleged harassment of Muslims in Western Europe
“The Government of Switzerland â€“ and I’ve spoken repeatedly with their representatives -. Is now working hard to overturn the ban (on minarets.)”
In effect, this meant that Swiss Muslims would again have the right to build minarets, he said, according to the newspaper “Sonntag”.
The Swiss Embassy in Washington would, according to the Journal, not comment on this statement. Behind closed doors, it has been referred to as a likely misunderstanding â€“ because ultimately the Swiss Federal Council does not have the legal means to ignore the result of a valid referendum.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry has learned about Mr. Posner’s statements, responded the spokeswoman Carole WÃ¤lti to “Sonntag”. Posner’s comments, that there have been efforts by the Swiss government to lift the ban on minarets, are baseless. There have also been “no talks held with Michael Posner,” added WÃ¤lti.
In German: US-Diplomat weiss mehr Ã¼ber Minarett-Verbot als Bundesrat
Irritierende SchlÃ¼sse aus den USA: Ein hoher Regierungsbeamter hat erstaunliche Aussagen zum Minarett-Verbot in der Schweiz gemacht. Vor versammelter Weltpresse erklÃ¤rte er offenbar, dass der Bundesrat daran arbeite, das Resultat der Volksabstimmung zu kippen. Das Eidg. Departement des Ã„usseren (EDA) reagiert laut Â«SonntagÂ» befremdet. (SF)