ISTANBUL – New Zealand's Deputy Minister said that the gun accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific, the nation would spend the rest of its life isolated in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate "hated full ideologies" .
Winston Peters spoke on an emergency in the 57-member Islamic cooperation organization called by Turkey to combat prejudice against Muslims in the wake of the attack.
Peter's presence comes under controversy triggered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has undergone video clips of the attack on election campaigns despite New Zealand's efforts to prevent the video spreading.
Erdogan also took Australia's ire for comments suggesting that the Australians and New Zealanders with anti-Muslim feelings will be sent back into coffins as their ancestors who fought against the Turks in World War I by Gallipoli.
Peers took a reconciling tone on Friday and welcomed welcoming comments from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who at a press conference at the end of the OIC meeting said that the Australians and New Zealand visit Turkey will still be greeted warmly at Gallipoli memorial ceremonies next month. 1
However, Peters said he did not discuss Erdogan's use of the footage with Turkey's Foreign Minister or President, although it was highly expected that he would raise the issue. Erdogan later on Friday again showed an excerpt of the video on a valgrally in the central city of Konya.
"I did not see any silent and peaceful purpose in raising it," Peters said, adding that they had received "much supply information" from the Turkish Presidency.
In connection with the emergency session, Peter's representatives of Muslim nations told: "No punishment can match his crime, but the fallen families will have justice."
He also screened moving photographs of New Zealand's mourning victims.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested and charged with murder in the New Zealand mosque attacks. Tarrant survived the attack and released a manifesto describing his white supremacist views and how he planned the shootings.
In a statement, the OIC called on all countries to refrain from statements or policies linking Islam with terror and extremism. It also demanded that March 15 – Christchurch attack – be marked as the International Solidarity Day against Islamophobia.
Addressing the OIC meeting Friday, Erdogan famed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and said her "reaction, empathy proved and her solidarity with Muslims" should serve as an example for all leaders.
Erdogan beat populist politicians, whom he said called for attacks on Muslims and refugees.
"Politicians who pave the way to power by alienating Muslims and making enemies out of refugees must pull together," he said.
He also called for neo-Nazi groups to be considered terrorists.
"If we do not show our reaction in a strong way, the Nazi virus will engulf the body even more," Erdogan said. "If we do not raise our voices, Western governments will not disturb their comfort."