The Netherlands stops Turkey FM's plane from landing

12 March, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Dutch premier urges Turkish foreign minister to stay away

According to Ulusal TV channel, the Dutch authorities closed the road leading to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam following Kaya's announcement. Turkish police have closed off the Istanbul residence of the Dutch Consul-General, while the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul is now under heavy police protection due to an escalating protest outside.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said earlier in a statement that Ankara did not want "the Dutch ambassador, now on leave, to return to his post for some time".

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Dutch government had been searching for an "acceptable solution" for Cavusoglu's campaign, but Turkey's threat of sanctions made that impossible.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as "Nazi remnants and fascists", as a diplomatic row grows over a cancelled rally.

"We will not participate in a visit by a Turkish government official who wants to conduct a political campaign for a referendum", Koenders said.

But Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said there was no question of him being excluded from the Netherlands.

Speaking to CNN Turk before his departure to the Netherlands, the minister threatened the northern European country with harsh economic and political sanctions in case he was not allowed in.

It then transpired a second Turkish official, minister for the family affairs Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was heading to the Netherlands by auto from Germany.

"You can stop our foreign minister's plane all you want, let's see how your planes will come to Turkey from now on", he said.

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Pictured, the police clash with protesters and spray them to keep the crowds at bay. Worse for her, losing the office potentially opens her up to criminal prosecution.

The vote a potentially divisive issue in Turkey, and Rotterdam authorities said on Friday they was banning the rally.

In addition, the Dutch police blocked Anadolu Agency and TRT correspondents who were with the minister to cover her visit.

In response to the foreign minister's comments, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said: "it's a insane remark, of course".

The latest spat comes just days before the Dutch general election.

The Dutch prime minister called the Nazi comments "way out of line".

Other European countries, including Austria, Germany and Switzerland, have banned similar gatherings where Turkish officials were due to speak in favour of a Yes vote in the referendum.

Erdogan has used last year's coup as one of the reasons why he needs the new powers.

The ban drew strong criticism from the Turkish government.

The verbal sparring could have longer-term repercussions, however. They're trying to play this national card - much in the way that Geert Wilders is playing the nationalist card. "Nobody is really thinking about that, because Europe is very important to Turkey".

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