Diplomatic feud deepens as Turkey summons Dutch envoy for third time
Turkey on Monday summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires for the third day in a row, foreign ministry sources said, as a diplomatic feud between the NATO allies deepened.Updated: Mar 13, 2017, 17:27 IST
Turkey on Monday summoned the Dutch charge d’affaires for the third day in a row, foreign ministry sources said, as a diplomatic feud between the NATO allies deepened.
Turkey and The Netherlands have been locked in a bitter dispute after The Hague stopped Turkish government ministers from addressing rallies to win support for a new constitution that would expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers in an April 16 referendum.
The sources said charge d’affaires Daan Feddo Huisinga was presented with two notes addressed to the Dutch government in which Ankara said it expected a written apology and accused The Hague of breaching the Vienna Convention on diplomacy.
“This morning (Monday) two notes were given... to charge d’affaires Huisinga after he was called again to the ministry for the third time this morning,” the sources said.
Huisinga was first summoned on Saturday afternoon, shortly after the Dutch government refused to let Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu land in The Netherlands after he threatened sanctions if he were not allowed to come.
The envoy was again summoned on Sunday after Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was expelled from The Netherlands and escorted back to Germany by Dutch police.
In the note, Turkey hit back at the treatment of Kaya and her delegation, saying it was a violation of the Vienna Convention.
The ministry said it was “awaiting an official written apology from Dutch authorities” regarding these actions which “did not comply with diplomatic decency and international customs”.
It also said it reserved the right to compensation while calling for an investigation into the “violations” and for the prosecution of those responsible for such “infringements”.
The second note criticised the “disproportionate” treatment by security forces against “people using their right to peacefully gather together”, referring to the protest outside the Rotterdam consulate on Saturday.
After hours of calm protests, police officers moved in against over 1,000 people gathered near the Turkish consulate, charging on horseback and using dogs to disperse the crowd.