Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Major diplomatic row erupts between Turkey and the Netherlands

Major diplomatic row erupts between Turkey and the Netherlands

The Netherlands barred a plane carrying Turkey's foreign minister from landing to stop him from addressing a political rally Saturday in Rotterdam.

Austria, Germany and the Netherlands have voiced displeasure that the Turkish referendum - over constitutional amendments created to consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's already formidable powers - was being debated within their borders.

The Dutch government on Saturday prevented Turkey's foreign minister from visiting the Netherlands to address Turkish voters there, in a stunning breach of diplomatic protocol that reflected sharply worsening tensions between Turkey and Europe.

Turkey has summoned the Dutch charge d'affairs to its foreign ministry as the row between the two countries intensified, the Associated Press reports, citing NTV.

The Dutch government said it was open to meetings in the Netherlands to provide information about the referendum, but said Turkey's government "does not want to respect the rules in this matter".

Mr Rutte warned in a statement that the Turkish threat of sanctions made "the search for a reasonable solution impossible".

Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya is in Germany for separate meetings, Anadolu said, but would head to the Netherlands despite having events she was due to attend there canceled earlier.

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Rutte said in a statement published on his official Facebook page that Turkey, by calling for a massive public rally, had upset discussions under which Cavusoglu would have been allowed to enter the country.

Many European nations have expressed deep disquiet about Turkey's response to the coup attempt and its perceived slide towards authoritarianism under President Erdogan.

But the Turkish leader has hit out at the so-called "ban", attacking the Dutch people.

Four rallies in Switzerland and one in Austria have also been banned.

German and Dutch bans on campaigns for a "yes" vote in the April referendum are a signal that Europe is "taking a side for a "no" vote", Çavuşoğlu said.

"Listen Netherlands, you'll jump once, you'll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game", Erdogan said at a rally.

"As far as the Turkish government is concerned, they couldn't be happier than they are today".

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