Dutch government cancels landing permission for Turkish foreign minister

Saturday the Dutch government withdrew landing permission for the Turkish foreign minister’s aircraft, escalating a diplomatic dispute between the two NATO allies over campaigning for a Turkish referendum on constitutional reform.

The Dutch government said in a statement it had withdrawn the permission because of “risks to public order and security” caused by the proposed visit of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to Rotterdam.

Earlier Saturday, in an interview with private broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu said: “If the Netherlands cancels my flight permit, our sanctions to the Netherlands would be heavy.”

He also repeated the government’s charges that bans on rallies are “fascist practices.”

Cavusoglu said that the German and Dutch bans on campaigns for a “yes” vote in the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes means that Europe is “taking a side for a ‘no’ vote.” The constitutional changes would give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers.

The Dutch government said it was searching with Turkish authorities for an “acceptable solution” to Cavusoglu’s plan to campaign in the Netherlands, but “before these talks were completed, Turkish authorities publicly threatened sanctions. That makes the search for a reasonable solution impossible.”

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The diplomatic row comes just days before the Netherlands goes to the polls in a March 15 election for the lower house of Parliament. The campaign has been dominated by issues of identity, with anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders set to make strong gains.

Ahead of Saturday’s decision, Wilders had accused the government of a weak response to Turkish plans to send ministers to the Netherlands to campaign.

The Dutch government said it does not object to meetings in the Netherlands to give information about the Turkish referendum, “but these meetings should not add to tensions in our society and everybody who wants to organize a meeting must adhere to instructions from authorities so that public order and security can be guaranteed.”

It said the Turkish government “does not want to respect the rules in this matter.”

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1 Comment

  1. janice

    Well…….A Week Ago Give Or Take A Week Ago American’s, Germany’s Merkel Said She Wanted Calm As A Row Erupted By Turkey’s Leader! Sound’s Like More Of The Same Doesn’t It? It Was Something About To Being Able To Handle Safety And Security Then Among Other Things!

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