Hurriyet - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has called the Netherlands’
decision to cancel a flight permit for his airplane in order for him to
attend a meeting with Turkish citizens in Rotterdam on March 11, a
"It is a scandal from every aspect and it is not
acceptable. It does not fit into diplomatic practice. This is the most
extreme point in diplomacy,” said Çavuşoğlu on March 11.
was scheduled to fly to the Netherlands’ Rotterdam on March 11, to
attend a meeting with Turkish citizens before a referendum in Turkey on
April 16, during which a package of constitutional amendments will be
But the flight clearance for his airplane to land in
the country was canceled just hours before his flight on grounds of
"security" and "public safety," Dutch Foreign Ministry announced in a
statement on March 11.
Upon this act, the Netherlands’ charge d’affaires to Ankara was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on March 11, state-run Anadolu Agency said.
is totally unacceptable that a foreign minister’s flight clearance,
which was given in a written format, was also canceled in a written
format,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that there would "of course be a
Earlier in the day Çavuşoğlu said that if the Netherlands canceled permit for his flight, Turkey would impose sanctions.
Turkey’s "sanctions threat had made search for reasonable solution impossible," the Dutch statement read, according to Reuters.
Road in front of Turkish consulate in Rotterdam closed
police officers blocked the road in front of the residence of the
Turkish consul general to Rotterdam on March 11 shortly after Turkish
Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya said she
would travel to Rotterdam by car from Germany, where she was holding
meetings with Turkish citizens.
Police blocked around one
kilometer of the road towards both sides in front of the residence not
only to traffic but also to pedestrian passage.
While the police did not give any reason as to why the road was blocked, they also did not provide any detail when it would be reopened, an Anadolu Agency reporter told CNNTürk live on March 11.
a statement, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Rotterdam election
coordination center said that Çavuşoğlu’s event in Rotterdam was
canceled after the Netherlands' halt to Çavuşoğlu's flight permit.