Turkey and The Netherlands: Diplomatic Crisis Unfolds
By admin March 14, 2017

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The tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands deepen as diplomatic crisis reaches a boiling point. In the most recent threats, Turkey placed sanctions against the Netherlands after Turkey’s Foreign Ministry ordered a Dutch diplomat to create a formal protest, which demonstrated “disproportionate force” against protesters after the recent expulsion of a Turkish minister. The Dutch diplomat, Daan Feddo Huisinga, was given two formal protest notes enabling him to condemn “the treatment of Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya after she was escorted out of the Netherlands” and to protest the “inhumane and derogatory” treatment of Turkish protesters.

In the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands barred Turkey’s ministers from speaking and in return President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought support from the Turks in a referendum, and further stating that the Netherlands are acting like a “banana republic.” Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was also escorted out of the Netherlands and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was not allowed to land his plane in Turkey to campaign for the referendum. The Turkish President stated that the Dutch are “Nazi remnants,” which enraged the Netherlands and condemned his remarks as “completely unacceptable.” The Dutch government has released a warning for traveling to Turkey with these arising diplomatic tensions.

The referendum being discussed is in question about increasing powers of Mr. Erdogan, and began after last year’s attempted coup. In recent statistics, there are 5.5 million Turks living outside of Turkey and in order to get a ‘win’, the President needs their votes. Attempts to hold rallies in other countries is where tension arose and led to barring by some western European countries. In turn, Mr. Erdogan has stated that the Dutch are “Nazi remnants” and the Germans are “reverting to fascism.” Planned rallies in Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands have been blocked for security concerns.

Currently, there is no sign that the diplomatic tensions will decrease. The Nato Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, asked Turkey and the Netherlands “to contribute to deescalate the tensions, defuse tensions and deescalate the situation, it’s important that we now focus on everything that unites us.” Elections are due to take place in the Netherlands, France and Germany. Therefore, these diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands will remain constant until further conclusiveness.

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