What Peter Handke says about being a holder of FRY passport? PHOTO
Nobel Laureate Peter Handke in a statement to Belgrade media explains the "FRY passport case" that threatens him of being deprived of Austrian citizenshipSource: Tanjug
"I don't have Yugoslav citizenship, I just got passport to travel", Handke told "Vecernje Novosti".
He responded to the allegations of an online news web portal "Intercept", that back in 1999, a Yugoslav passport was handed over to him, in the Embassy of the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which, as the media claims, automatically caused him legal loss of Austrian citizenship.
According to the Vienna-based daily "Österreich", after getting the information that Handke received a Yugoslav passport in 1999, Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs had launched an investigation.
"Whoever voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship, loses Austrian citizenship. In order not to lose Austrian citizenship, it is necessary to apply for a permit in writing before obtaining another passport and obtain approval", the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs explained.
It is stated that it is currently being investigated whether Handke sought for such approval, but, as "Österreich" adds, this was not likely to be the case.