Netherlands slams 'irresponsible' Turkish minister

2017-03-12 11:50
Protesters wave flags and banners with pictures of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, amid an escalating dispute between Turkey and the Netherlands. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

Protesters wave flags and banners with pictures of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, outside the Dutch consulate in Istanbul, amid an escalating dispute between Turkey and the Netherlands. (Emrah Gurel, AP)

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The Hague - The Netherlands criticised a Turkish minister as "irresponsible" for attempting to visit after being told she was not welcome and hit out at "unacceptable" verbal attacks by Turkish authorities amid an escalating row with Ankara.

Turkey's Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was expelled from the Netherlands and escorted back to Germany by Dutch police early on Sunday after being prevented from addressing a rally in Rotterdam, where protests erupted outside the Turkish consulate.

The Dutch government said it had told Turkey it could not compromise on public order and security.

"The search for a reasonable solution proved impossible, and the verbal attacks that followed today from the Turkish authorities are unacceptable," it said in a statement.

"In this context Minster Kaya's visit was irresponsible. Through contacts with the Turkish authorities, the message was repeatedly conveyed that Minister Kaya is not welcome in the Netherlands .... nevertheless she decided to travel."

The Hague had also refused to allow Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's plane to land ahead of a rally, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likening the ban to Nazism.

The Netherlands is home to some 400 000 people of Turkish origin, and Ankara is keen to harness votes of the diaspora in Europe ahead of an April 16 referendum on boosting presidential powers.

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