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Taylor matter raised in Istanbul talks

June 17, 2012

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr has used a conference in Istanbul (overnight 16-17 June AEST) to seek further international support for the release of Australian lawyer, Melinda Taylor from detention in Zintan, Libya.

Senator Carr was attending a Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative in Istanbul on June 16, and held talks on Melinda Taylor’s detention with Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and with Uri Rosenthal, Foreign Minister for the Netherlands.

This follows yesterday’s statement from the UN Security Council supporting the release of Ms Taylor and her fellow detainees, and talks on the matter with the Foreign Ministers of Britain and France.

Senator Carr said European Foreign Ministers had agreed to use their influence to assist Ms Taylor and the three other International Criminal Court representatives held in Zintan.

“We remain focused on every effort that might lead to a swift end to this detention and the release of Ms Taylor and her ICC colleagues,” Senator Carr said.

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